Where to buy DE for Deep Litter Method?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mkhenderson17, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. mkhenderson17

    mkhenderson17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so Im totally Lost, I understand the whole Deep Litter Method (DLM) but Im totally lost as to where to buy Food Grade diatomaceous earth (better known as DE). I can find DE at Home depot but its not food grade. Im very excited to try the DLM with my standards and my bantams but I am missing the key ingreadent so If anyone has any insite I would really appriciate it! Im from Eastern Ohio/western PA (right next to teh ohio pa line) So mom and pop shops in other states may not help.

    Thanks for all your good information. Reading other posts has helped me a lot! This is my first winter with my birds (yup a Newbie) and you guys have been super helpful!

    Thanks!
    Mandy
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Some feedstores carry it. At the feedstore I go to they say "We don't carry it" but they do carry "Fossil Flour" which is a brand name. So call around. And ask if they will do a special order for you.
    Ask on your state thread, often your neighboring chicken owners know where you can find it.
    A lot of people order it on line, some have mentioned that shipping is expensive.

    Good luck

    Imp
     
  3. LOVEIGEE

    LOVEIGEE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mandy,
    I get mine from Countryside Natural Products....Nice, nice people.....great service.....
     
  4. Ed62

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  5. rainierlass

    rainierlass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Stall-Dri - - it is a mixture of DE and clay - most feedstores carry it
     
  6. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Which of these is closest to you?


    Jack Garen
    Hillsboro, OH 45133
    937-402-0058 cell
    [50 lb Fossil Shell-single bags and pallets]

    · Fertrell, Inc.
    Bainbridge, PA 17502
    717-367-1566
    [50 lb FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR- single bags and pallets]

    · Lancaster AG Products
    Ronks, PA 17572
    717-687-9222
    [50 lb FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR- single bags and pallets]

    · Xtra Factors
    Ephrata, PA 17522
    717-859-1166
    [50 lb FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR by pallet only]

    · Quarry Land Seeds
    New Holland, PA 17519
    717-445-6225
    [50 lb FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR & GRAIN STORAGE-single bags and pallets]

    · Kreamer Feed
    Kreamer, PA 17833
    800-767-4537
    [50 lb FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR-single bags and pallets]

    · D&J Farm Store
    65 Hess Road
    Quarryville, PA 17566
    717-284-0455 rings 12 times then leave message
    [50lb Fossil Shell-single bags and pallets]

    · Predmore Farms
    Mt. Bethel, PA 18343 & Columbia, NJ 07832
    877-278-8456
    [SMALL FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR + 50lb. bags]
     
  7. shopchicks

    shopchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't feel like calling around, so I just ordered 50# through an Amazon.com vendor and it was like $48 with shipping. Local may have been a bit cheaper, but add in gas and my time and all, and that seemed like a good deal since it should last forever with my 5 hens.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2010
  8. mkhenderson17

    mkhenderson17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone!
     
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    DE is not required for the deep litter method, so I wouldn't let that stop you from starting. DE can be used or not used in any coop, using any method of litter management.
     

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