Feeding Diatomaceous Earth

rdcowman

Songster
Oct 28, 2016
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Iowa
Hi! I saw there already is a forum about this except, it didn't ask the question that i need answered!:)
Someone i saw on the internet wormed there chickens with DE. They took like 1 cup of DE with so much food. I need to worm my chickens so i thought i would use this! I just got some today, and it says for food, and livestock. It does not say that you can use it for chickens.
Another question, the DE can be used for killing insects. i spray some natural stuff in there to deter flies but it doesn't kill them. The bag says that it kills flies, so could i sprinkle it on the bedding and where they roost?

Any thoughts?
 

JaeG

Crossing the Road
6 Years
Sep 29, 2014
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New Zealand
DE is one of those products that's supposed to work but many people find it doesn't. I had a deep bed of DE in my nestboxes but still found hundreds of mites crawling round in it quite happily. It wasn't killing them and it certainly wasn't keeping them in check.

Google garlic and cayenne pepper as worming alternatives. They both contain sulphur which is toxic to parasites. I tried my bantams on some raw, chopped garlic the other day and they went nuts for it.
 

timon

Chirping
Jun 25, 2016
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50
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Loughborough, UK
Hi! I saw there already is a forum about this except, it didn't ask the question that i need answered!:)
Someone i saw on the internet wormed there chickens with DE. They took like 1 cup of DE with so much food. I need to worm my chickens so i thought i would use this! I just got some today, and it says for food, and livestock. It does not say that you can use it for chickens.
Another question, the DE can be used for killing insects. i spray some natural stuff in there to deter flies but it doesn't kill them. The bag says that it kills flies, so could i sprinkle it on the bedding and where they roost?

Any thoughts?

I would also like to know. Great questions
 

rdcowman

Songster
Oct 28, 2016
259
135
147
Iowa
DE is one of those products that's supposed to work but many people find it doesn't. I had a deep bed of DE in my nestboxes but still found hundreds of mites crawling round in it quite happily. It wasn't killing them and it certainly wasn't keeping them in check.

Google garlic and cayenne pepper as worming alternatives. They both contain sulphur which is toxic to parasites. I tried my bantams on some raw, chopped garlic the other day and they went nuts for it.
Will do! Thanks!:)
 

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