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Wrong DE used... are my girls going to die now?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by emandmikey, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. emandmikey

    emandmikey Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    Wake Forest, NC
    I just posted this in a seperate spot, but this might be a better place... HELP! My husband bought some DE at an Aquarium shop that he thought was good to use on the chickens, It didn't say it was FOOD GRADE DE, but the guy that sold it to him said he sold it to other people with 'birds' for mite/lice control. I thought it was fine, so I used it - dusted one of my birds thouroughly and then made a dust bath spot with it.... I also mixed it in their feed... they've been eating, bathing, pecking at it all day - are they all going to die now??? I'm freaking out!!! Has anyone done this - and what happened? I'm reading everywhere that it is poisonous... am I up a creek without a paddle now? I hope I haven't killed my chicas - they are just starting to lay!
  2. Bumping for you....
    I have no idea..
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Oh, I hope its the right one. Are you SURE its not the "food grade" ?? Read the label...over and over...if its not ..you will have to get ALL of that cleaned out ASAP. Im not sure of the complications, but I know its not good for them.
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    If you bought the toxic stuff, I'd say you should see them dropping in the next few days. It is claimed to be highly toxic for ingestion. I can only suggest you clean out the feeders promptly and replace with plain food. You may want to consider a molasses flush, but I don't know if that would make it worse or better to be honest.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If it's the stuff they use to filter pools with, you might be digging a mass grave. I don't know.

    Keep us updated.
  6. Oh goodness... He bought it at a petstore right? And they use the other DE for filtering pools? Oh I really hope they don't use it for fish tank filtration....

    I'm biting my nails...
  7. emandmikey

    emandmikey Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    Wake Forest, NC
    Yeah, he bought it at a pet shop... I'm freaking out now! I took the dustbath container out of the pen, but they've all been in it and pecking at it all afternoon.... and I have already mixed it in with my big bin of their feed... it's all coated with the powder! UGH........ I will not sleep well tonight.
  8. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Bless your heart, Dear! I hope for you with all of my being that you have the right stuff. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. emandmikey

    emandmikey Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    Wake Forest, NC
    I know it's not the right stuff now... it's made for aquarium filters... I'm so afraid they're all going to die now...!
  10. Comet Mum

    Comet Mum In the Brooder

    Oct 29, 2008
    Oxford, NC
    The DE I bought was from a horticultural web site. It does NOT say "food grade", but it does say "premium" and "natural". I have used it for 2-3 months in their food and litter to no ill effects.

    I wish you the best with your girls. Especially as you worked so hard to get the chicks approved for WF [​IMG]

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