Where to Buy Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by spinweaver, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. spinweaver

    spinweaver Hatching

    Oct 15, 2009
    Kansas City, Missouri
    I need diatomaceous earth for the deep wood chip bedding technique inside the coop, but Tractor Supply just sells the kind for drying horse stalls. I doubt that it is food grade, does it really matter? Where else should I look? I'm in Kansas City, Missouri. Thanks!

  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Garden nurseries sometimes carry it. But I would google feed stores in your area. Ask them if they don't stock it, if they can order it for you...
  3. DianeB

    DianeB Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    I bought mine at an organic milling co-op. You can also order it. This works if you don't need very much. You probably won't. A 50 pound bag of DE is a liitle larger than a 50 pound of dog food. This much should last you a few years.

  4. CloggingChicken

    CloggingChicken In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2009
    Hendersonville, NC
    Check your local "organic" or alternative type garden supply stores. They use it to organically control bugs.
  5. nursecat9

    nursecat9 Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    I looked on line everywhere...found alot, but to ship 50 # to the door was super expensive! Started calling local feed stores...got 50# food grade DE for a little over $9!!! [​IMG] Was ready to pay $45 shipping..NOT! Look to the little local places who may also be willing to order it for you. Good luck!
  6. CallyB57

    CallyB57 Songster

    Apr 27, 2009
    Northeast Louisiana

    Check out this site..I have ordered from this site 3 times, and had no problems and he is reasonable. Yes, it does matter what kind of DE you get. On the RedLake DE out of Canada, there is a warning on the label about not feeding it to chickens as it contains bentonite clay. At least I think it's what the warning stated...it has been a long time since I read the bag..as I just stuck it in my shed and stopped using it. I put this permaguard DE in my chickens' feed and sweep it into the floor of their hen houses every couple of weeks. Keeps everything dry and smelly goody along with the pine shavings. Plus, no mites or other insect pests.

  7. chickeydee

    chickeydee Songster

    Jul 9, 2009
    You should check at your local garden center in the organic section ,or your local feed mill like a co op . good luck
  8. chickenshagg

    chickenshagg THE ALPHA ROO

    Apr 18, 2009
    St. Charles, MO
    Hello Spinweaver and welcome to BYC. You will find a lot of useful information here from a lot of helpful people!
    I'm straight across the sate from you along I-70 and after searching all of the local farm, garden and hardware centers I finally found food grade Diamtomaceous Earth at the St. Peters Farmers C.O.O.P. That is @ exit 222 on hwy 70 if you what to take a trip a few hours east. I don't remember what I paid but it was not very much for a 50# bag.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2009

  9. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    In Kansas City, Missouri, they sell it here:

    Brookside Barkery & Bath
    Kansas City, MO

    Buy it by the 50# bag; it's cheaper that way.

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