How do I mix (DE) Diatomaceous Earth with grain ...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by freefly, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. freefly

    freefly Out Of The Brooder

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    I hope this is not a silly question
    I have received my DE Diatomaceous Earth from The holistic horse and I only feed my chickens grain (wheat), will it mix ok or is it supposed to be mixed with mash or something like that.
     
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  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Not a silly question at all! [​IMG]

    I mix food grade DE in our animals feed according to the directions/instructions recommended by Wolfcreek Ranch.

    For grain and feed storage, they recommend using 1 cup of DE per 50 pounds of feed.


    Hope this helps!


    Dawn
     
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excllent site, dawn 419, and I bookmarked it. Liked the detailed amt for people, doggies, poultry, etc. Tx!
     
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    So glad I could help, chickiebaby! [​IMG]

    I've been using food grade DE around here since June '07 am so glad that I did the research on it and tried it myself.


    Dawn
     
  5. freefly

    freefly Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, this is a wonderful site. Thank you for your help Dawn
     
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    NM wrong place sorry
     
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  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:Me too. I feed it to them this way from the time I get them.

    I am also known to fling the stuff all over the coop, run, chickens, cats, dog, around the bottoms of my veggies, and maybe my husband is he gets in my way!! [​IMG] I should have done the dog a little more cuz I noticed she's got worms this am [​IMG]
     
  8. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    The FDA suggest no more than 2% of DE to food ration. I just found this info. in countryside magazine. It has a lot of uses for the food grade DE. Hope this helps Jean
     
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I should have done the dog a little more cuz I noticed she's got worms this am

    DE has no effect on internal parasites. Its ONLY proven use is as an "insecticide" and it only works if it's DRY.

    Depending on the type of worms you saw, you can either use Safeguard 10% liquid wormer, or Ivomec 1% injectable (both given ORALLY)

    The Safeguard dosage is 1 ML per 5 lbs of body weight.

    The Ivomec is 1/10 ( one TENTH) ML per 10 lbs body weight

    DO NOT use Ivomec on any "Collie" breeds or mixes

    Ivomec will NOT kill tapeworms, but WILL treat for heartworms and all others. Use the Safeguard for tapeworms​
     
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  10. Splash_Guard

    Splash_Guard Set Free

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    The shipping and handling charges for ordering DE online runs $24.00 and up. You can go to the Perma-Guard website to locate a dealer that might be within driving distance. I found 50 lbs. of food grade for $25.00 at a location within driving distance.

    As someone else stated (forgot who) I, too, sprinkle it everywhere; on the dog, cat, chickens, under appliances, and feed it @ recommended 2% ratio. Some people drink the stuff mixed with water, but I'm not brave enough to try that.

    Just be aware that you need to use the food grade DE, it's labeled "Fossil Shell Flour"; the other forms of DE have had chemicals added.
     

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