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Diatomaceous Earth - What can I do with it?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by melinda653, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. melinda653

    melinda653 Chirping

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    I just got a 10 lb. bag of food grade diatomaceous earth and I was would like to know what I can do with it in regard to my chickens. I have two hens. I was wondering in what ways I can use it on them or in their coop. Any suggestions?
     

  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

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    I mix it into the bedding I put in the nests and also into the dirt I use for their dust baths to help prevent mites. Some people feed it thinking it will prevent parasites but there is not a lot of evidence to support that it works. Better for use to prevent mites and lice also great for ants and stuff like that.
     
  3. melinda653

    melinda653 Chirping

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    They take dirt baths in the woods. Should I sprinkle some out there?
     
  4. chfite

    chfite Songster

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    I would use it (DE) in a dust bath that I had constructed such as one in a large pan that was kept in the coop.

    I put DE in the food and dust the litter with it.

    Chris
     

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