uh oh! Did I make a huge mistake?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gertieandspeck, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. gertieandspeck

    gertieandspeck In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2010
    Hi everyone.
    I hate that my first post is in the emergency category, but I am really worried about my girls.
    After reading here that Diatomaceous Earth was good for bugs, I used some last night in my girls coop. After I cleaned off the sliding tray that is under their cage, i sprinkled a liberal amount of DE.

    This morning my girls were acting differently than usual. Not really interested in food etc. Is it possible that the DE could have affected them that quickly? They wouldn't have been able to come in direct contact with the stuff.

    I didn't realize that there was more than one kind of DE, and mine is not the food grade stuff [​IMG]
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Dang, sorry your welcome to BYC is under such negative circumstances. But [​IMG] anyway!

    Non-food grade DE is really bad for lungs, yours and the chickens. Put on a mask and clean it all out of the cage thoroughly, preferably when the birds are elsewhere.

    How old are the chickens? That can make a difference, too.
  3. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I don't know if it could have affected them so quickly but put on a mask and get it out of there. Non food grade stuff is bad news for chickies (and humans for that matter). For future reference, I got a 50# bag for $43 including shipping which seems to be a pretty fair price for the food grade stuff.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I agree with the others. Remove it asap. When you get the food grade DE, make sure you're wearing a mask and goggles. DE can irritate the eyes, throat and lungs....same with removing the non food grade DE.
  5. MotherJean

    MotherJean Songster

    I'm doubtful that the DE is the culprit since it was confined to the sliding tray which your birds could not access to eat it or kick up the dust.

    I think it brings you back to the question of why everyone is off their food this morning. Have you plied them with "treats" - something they usually mob you to get at? I'd try that. If my chickens turn up their beaks at cooked granola (for example) then I know they really are sick.

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