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Diatomaceous Earth in feed question

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by weirdtalon, May 9, 2016.

  1. weirdtalon

    weirdtalon Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I just got a 5 pound bag of DE, food grade. It says add 2% per weight. Does anyone have a chart as to exactly how much to put in their feed? Thanks!
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use DE. I put it on my cement floor and cover it with straw. I have never put any in their food, mostly because all the research says it does not work when wet, so ineffective when digested. To prevent worms, I feed mine garlic. I cannot say for certain it works, but my chickens have not gotten worms yet.
     
  3. weirdtalon

    weirdtalon Out Of The Brooder

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    That's neat about using garlic! How do you prep it? Just mince it and toss it down? Some of mine act like they've never been given anything but pellet crumbles. I got some of them from an auction and they were pretty banged up. They are learning though and are looking better every day :)
     
  4. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just cut it up into chunks and throw it in with their food. I do not even bother to peel it.
     
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  5. DrPatrickBiggs

    DrPatrickBiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Food-grade diatomaceous earth is a great addition to a chicken dust bath when you’re having issues with parasites, like mites; however, there is no need to add it to their feed. When creating a dust bath, make it 10% diatomaceous earth to 90% peat moss.
    Read more about dust baths here: http://www.purinamills.com/find-ans...our-backyard-flock-cool,-calm-and-comfortabl/
     

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