Diatomaceous Earth for Worming

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by supercoops, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. supercoops

    supercoops Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've heard diatomaceous earth is a good treatment for parasitic worms. You spread it on the ground and mix in a little bit with the food. I know it kills unwanted earthworms in nursery containers, so it seems it could do the job. What's your experience (good or bad)?
  2. It can (& is used in commercial chicken farms) be used as a maintenance preventative. Food grade of course. If your chickens need to be wormed and already have worms you will likely need a wormer.

    You can dust with it as we'll.

    Wish ya the best.
  3. supercoops

    supercoops Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks CC,

    A guy in Winston-Salem told me about it. He has about 200 chickens, it's a real pretty collection.

    I run a tree nursery operation and I use diatomaceous earth to control earthworms and slugs. It works really well. Earthworms can cause a lot of root damage.
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  4. supercoops

    supercoops Chillin' With My Peeps

    He also said it would do the worm job all by itself. I'm not finding a de-wormer that treats for everything. Any recommendations?
  5. Valbazen.
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    SafeGuard Liquid Goat Wormer or Equine Paste does a very good job too, and the only worm it doesn't get is tapeworm, which is not too common, and fairly easily seen as small segments that look like rice. It may be found easier than Valbazen, and some people will rotate those two. Be sure to dose your chicken once and repeat in 10 days to kill the worm eggs. Dosage of either is 1/4 ml for bantams, 1/2 ml for regular large fowl, and 3/4-1 ml for very large fowl.

    For treating gapeworm or capillaria (hairworm) you would want to use SafeGuard at twice the normal dose for 5 days in a row. Those worms are also unusual.
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  7. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    The method by which DE works makes it ineffective internally. The idea with it is, that it's structure draws fluids out of whatever parasites it is being used against. In a wet environment, like inside a chicken, it wont work. It's used in feed mainly for keeping moisture problems at bay. It also puts out quite a bit of dust, which can be bad for the airways. Some people swear by it, others avoid it. I recommend doing some research on it and making up your mind by yourself.
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  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
  9. chickisoup

    chickisoup one Blessed chicki Premium Member


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