How do you feed diatomaceous earth?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Queen Chika, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Queen Chika

    Queen Chika Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you feed diatomaceous earth to them? Do I just mix in 2% with their regular feed? Also, does it act as a de-wormer?
     
  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just mix it with my feed...
     
  3. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    You can also sprinkle it around the coop and on the roosting poles and in their pen. It helps deter other bugs also. [​IMG]
     
  4. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
    Permaguard recommends 1 & 1/4 cups per 50 # bag. I only have 3 hens so I add 1 teaspoon to quart of feed. Yes it is supposed to worm...
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    DE doesnt kill internal parasites.

    It will kill insects in stored grain, which is why it's mixed with feed and also why it's rated "food grade"

    It will also kill mites on chickens but it ONLY works when its DRY
     
  6. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sprinkle mine in my coops litely about once a week and little in food..there coops stay dry and odor down..I love using the stuff and I take it too at times..
     
  7. BuckeyeDave

    BuckeyeDave Overrun with Buckeyes

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    DE is an amazing product, I bought a 50lb bag last summer and am still scooping out of it. I add it to their feed mix, liberally sprinkle it on their wet and dry litter and nesting boxes, I use it everywhere when it comes to chickens but have never consumed it myself.
     
  8. mamarosa

    mamarosa Out Of The Brooder

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    I live about 25 miles north of detroit michigan
    where do you buy this stuff? I have looked
    at some of the farm bureas and tractor supply
    and no one uses it or has it in stock they suggest lime?????.
    ANY IDEAS......THANKS TO ALL
     

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