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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:43 pm 
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http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2016/1 ... ceous.html

So many people think it is good for chickens - please spread the word - it apparently is not at all good for us or our chooks.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:31 pm 
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Good link to article post.

As with anything, people jump on the bandwagon without thinking.

Most people think diatomaceous earth is fine for use, while a very few others are horrified at the prospect of going anywhere near the stuff, let alone getting covered in it and breathing it in.

Personally, I have always been in the horrified camp, never ever using it.

It's a no-brainier really. Think about it: lots of microscopic razor sharp particles getting in your lungs and eyes (not to mention the poor chickens). And silicon dioxide is a key ingredient in cement and you definitely should be wearing a mask when using powdered cement unless you want really bad respiratory problems and lung cancer.

People, we really need to be more careful and think these things through.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:14 pm 
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Never used it myself and now never will.as for cement powder well unavoidable for me as work in a cement plant.and no we don't wear dust masks all day long.we wear a mask if there is a heavy cloud of dust, as when cleaning something but not day to day. We have lung tests every 3 years and only the smokers ever show any problems, from cigarettes not from dust.cement dust is generally to heavy to make it to the lungs, just blocks the nose.sand dust is way worse. Have been at the plant 28 yrs and lungs are in great shape, worked with a fellow who was there 48 years , still no lung problems.plenty of 30 plus year employees with no problems.
We bag sand products to now and wear a mask more often in this area as dust is more fine and greater a silica risk.
We get more worked up about pigeon crap buiding up in some parts of the plant as view this a as way more of a health haxzard.


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