DE as a wormer

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by antiquebuff, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use DE on a regular basis and would like to know if I still need to use a wormer. I never have and I have healthy chicks but if I need to worm with something else I will and what is recommended. Thanks for your help!
     
  2. bills

    bills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From all the information I have researched, if your mixing some DE with the food, it should take care of any worm problems. Now if you just sprinkle the DE on the floor of the coop, I doubt this would help, although it should alleviate any mite problems.
     
  3. ChickenPat

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    May I ask what is 'DE"?
     
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    bills Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    most people don't worm unless there is specific reason - wormers can be somewhat hard on a chicken, and (the big thing) it is really not well known what the TRULY safe withdrawal time is for eating eggs after worming. (best answer: Quite Some While).

    Some people feel DE, regularly added to feed (not just dusted 'round the coop or on the outside of the birds), prevents or minimizes worms. Maybe, maybe not. People do NOT generally claim that it's good for treating an existing worm load, however.

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  7. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you will check the above site and look under "All DE is not the same" you will find that it is indeed used as a primary wormer. It may take a little longer to work but by continually feeding it in grain it virtually eliminates the added costs of wormers.
     
  8. antiquebuff

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