Using Dry Stall instead of Stall Dri for run floor? Is it safe?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jasminty, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. jasminty

    jasminty Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 15, 2008
    I went to my local feed store and asked if they had Stall Dri. He said he did, which I was thrilled since I cant find DE around here, and have not wanted to pay for the shipping.

    Well when I got home I realized what he loaded into my car was Dry Stall which is not the same thing... having never bought either I didn't even think to double check first, live and learn right? lol

    I am wondering if I should just return it, or if can I still put in under the course sand I plan on switching my run floors to. I have straw now which is really not working well for us.

    Dry Stall I have is "naturally occurring lightweight volcanic aggregate"
    For absorbing moisture, minimizing odor/ammonia smell, softening hard clay ground. For indoor and outdoor use, no removal needed. Can also be used as or in addition to cat litter and growing orchids... go figure...

    Will this be safe for my chickens. It will be on the bottom layer of the dirt floor, but obviously they will dig and I am concerned about them eating it...

    Thanks for any advice/info!
  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    That's what I use and it's fine.
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Its fine and had that product for the last four years and no problem!
  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Anything for a horse stall is generaly fine for other animals. Horses and dogs are the trickiest animals so when you find something for them, you're generally okay. Another product you may see is Stable Boy, which I use in my coop and often mix with DE during a big cleanup.

    The real thing to remember is never to use quicklime (CaO, calcium oxide), which is as strong as Draino and very dangerous to you and to all your animals.
  5. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    That'll be fine. I use Stable Boy AND DE. The Stable Boy keeps the shavings dry, and then DE does in the nasties.
  6. jasminty

    jasminty Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 15, 2008
    Awesome, Thank you so much for the Info!!!!!

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