What is the difference between Food grade and Feed grade DE?????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dandydoodle, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    georgia
    What is the difference between Food grade and Feed grade DE. I am wanting to clean my coop and put DE down but, it is expensive. The guy at the feed store said he can get me the same size bag for 10 dollars cheaper but, it is Feed grade and not Food grade. What is the difference???????
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

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    There is no difference.
    I think he's confused
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe that feed grade has calcium bentonite in food grade. I have feed grade DE in addition to food grade DE. The only difference is the calcium bentonite which serves as an absorbent. It is cheaper because part of the mixture is bentonite, not DE.

    Presumably, the bentonite helps keep the feed dry.

    Chris
     
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