1. PhilBen

    PhilBen Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2011
    Hi all, in the UK with have a product called Diatom. It is used to prevent red mite and can also be used as a wormer. The instructions are very poor on how to use. It states 5% in food and from what most people say you do this 3-4 days a month. Has anyone in the US got any better instructions on the correct dosage. It can also be used for dogs,cats etc for worms and flees
  2. High Desert Chronicles

    High Desert Chronicles New Egg

    Aug 19, 2011
    I use diatom or diatomaceous earth. Make sure its food grade though. It will not only help with the red mites and worming, but also with fly control. Here is a video and a link I found useful in my research on it:


  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I am guessing this is diatomaceous earth. There are numerous threads on here about it, including some threads linked in the FAQ forum. It is used in feed to absorb moisture and prevent insects in the feed. It does kill soft bodied insects such as garden worms; I have read it works by scratching their outer shell or skin, but not sure this is accurate. It is, to put it mildly, a controversial product. It MAY help prevent a mite infestation, but people have found it useless to treat an infestation. I suspect it harms the eggs of the mites more than the mites themselves. I have heard it recommended for intestinal worms but have never seen any documentation that it works as a wormer.
  4. Traceyb

    Traceyb New Egg

    Aug 19, 2011
    I'm in the UK too. I've been using diatomacious earth for a good while now. I use it to eradicate red mite and keep them out! Sprinkle it freely around the coop, especially on the perches and in the nesting boxes. The way it works is, the mites have to crawl over it, to get to your chickens, the powder sticks to them and dehydrates them and they die. Replenish the DE on the perches until you are sure the red mite are gone. I leave it around the edges of the coop all the time.
    I don't use it as a wormer but I have sprinkled it on the chickens to get rid of pests on the outside.
  5. PhilBen

    PhilBen Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2011
    Quote:Thanks for your info
  6. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    We give our animals diatomaceous earth (DE for short). The cow gets 1/4 cup, maybe like once or twice a week. The dog gets 1 TB, and the cats get 1 tsp. I haven't given it to my chickens though -- just never took the time to mix it in their feed. We humans of the house will also take it -- 1 TB in some orange juice, mixed up and it tastes like a fruit smoothie. It's a good "energizer," 100% better than the energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull.

    We also dust the dogs and cats to help get rid of fleas. I think it works pretty well. I haven't yet (again... :hids) dusted my birds. But I haven't seen any creepy crawlies on them yet either.

    Anyway, HTH!! [​IMG]
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:Diatom/DE will not prevent nor kill worms. When you decide to worm, use flubenvet or ivermectin.

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