Diatomaceous Earth

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by IggiMom, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. IggiMom

    IggiMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
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    I am new on this forum. I have a small hobby flock, and I am adding DE to their feed. Is there any harm to this? I am hoping to keep them free of parasites in this way.
     
  2. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it says on the package FOOD GRADE, then it is perfectly safe. It'll help keep bugs out of the feed, but if the birds ingest it, it doesn't act as any kind of debugger.
     
  3. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hmm I thought I read somewhere it will kill internal perisites if mixed in there feed?
     
  4. Turtle

    Turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hmm I thought I read somewhere it will kill internal perisites if mixed in there feed?

    It will kill internal parasites if mixed in their feed. It will also kill parasites that get on the chickens if they are dusted with it. We put it on and feed our dog,cats and chickens. My BF also mixes it with OJ and drinks it. He says it makes his digestive system work better. I know it has helped keep the flys down and kept the fleas away. If it gets wet though it doesn't work until it drys out.
     
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Check out my Food Grade DE page when you get a chance.

    I explain how, where and why I use it.

    I've had no problems with using it, and have been for almost 2 years now. It's really nothing more than a personal choice if you decide to use it or not.


    Hope this is some help!


    Dawn
     
  6. RIgirl

    RIgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    so where do you get it? I had read about it and want to use it with my girls, but don't know where to buy it.
     
  7. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Quote:Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Clink on the food grade DE link in my above post (post #5). At the bottom of the page is a list of many places that you can buy it from.

    Hope this is some help!


    Dawn
     
  8. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Um, doesn't it get wet in the stomach/intestines. I fail to see how it works when ingested since that seems to be a fairly wet process [​IMG]
     
  9. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Alot of folks swear by it w/ other benifits as well, I use and like it.

    AL
     
  10. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    ...and find out if your feed already contains 5% by weight of food-grade DE. Mine does![​IMG]
     

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