What color is your D.E.?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chicka-boom Chicka-boom, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Chicka-boom Chicka-boom

    Chicka-boom Chicka-boom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought my first bag of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth last week (newbie) and sprinkled some in the coop and the run. Last night while reading up on D.E. and its uses the article referred to the D.E. as being white in color. This surprised me because my D.E. is grayish-brownish in color. The article said that D.E. comes in other colors, such as grayish-brownish, but this D.E. has a higher clay content. So my question is this: although the bag of D.E. I purchased is supposed to be "food grade", should I continue to use it around my chickens or should I buy a bag of white D.E. for the hens and use this grayish D.E. for other purposes around the yard? Is the clay content harmful to my hens? [​IMG] Thanks for your advice!
     
  2. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Mine has always only been white. [​IMG]
     
  3. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine has always been white... Don't know about grey/brown
     
  4. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    I have the reddish brown/gray also. It has been fine.
     
  5. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Mines a grayish color!!
     
  6. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My smaller bags are white but the big bag at our feed store is gray/brown. Either should be fine as long as they are marked food grade.
     
  7. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought my first DE, and it is grey-brown. And food grade.
     
  8. babigyrl22

    babigyrl22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. bluebird

    bluebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is also white.
     
  10. BookWorm243

    BookWorm243 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Franklin, NC
    Mine has alway been white.
     

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