Diatomaceous Earth - What can I do with it?

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

  1. melinda653

    melinda653 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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