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Where do you get food grade DE?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by newchknmama, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. newchknmama

    newchknmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get my coop in about 3 weeks and it will need to be painted and bedded down before the chicks go out there plus it is still a little cool here.. and I have seen people using DE and that it has to be food grade. Where on earth do I get this stuff from, what is it exactly and are there other uses for it? Im such a newbie.
     
  2. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    Both of the feed stores I use carry it in large bags.
     
  3. Badbaby05

    Badbaby05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My garden center carries it
     
  4. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    I get mine at Southern States. I mix it in their bedding, sprinkle it all over their run, and mix it with the feed when I pour it into the feed bin.
     
  5. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    You can also use Stall-Dri if you can't find DE. Works just as good and you can pick it up at the feed store. Sometimes finding food grade DE is hard.
     
  6. SeaChicken

    SeaChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    DON'T assume what the garden center has is what you want!!! Insecticidal DE is VERY different from food grade - so make sure! our local feed stores all carry it in 50lb. bags. Not expensive.
     
  7. catterbug

    catterbug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been looking for it as well. I called both garden centers by me and they do not have the food grade DE. Food grade DE has a very low percentage of DE in it ( I can't remember the percentage) but the garden centers had a high percentage by me. So just check to make sure.
     
  8. 1776

    1776 Out Of The Brooder

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    What does DE stand for?
     
  9. BunsNChicks

    BunsNChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Diatomaceous Earth ....I recommend calling feed stores in your area..thats where I get mine...I feed it to my horses
     
  10. sammin71

    sammin71 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just bought some on ebay the shipping is a little steep but you can find it there.
     

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