How Much DE (Diatomaceous Earth) Should I Feed My Chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CarolynF, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. CarolynF

    CarolynF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been searching the forums but haven't found the answer to this. How much DE (diatomaceous earth) should I be feeding? I only have 2 chickens right now so I only put out about 1 lb of food at a time. Would I add a tablespoon, teaspoon, 1 ounce... ? This one seems to be a tuffy for me! [​IMG]

    THANKS!
     
  2. tclegg

    tclegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wonder the same and if anyone knows how much and where and what size bags it comes in?
     
  3. TroutsChicks

    TroutsChicks Fluffy Stuffins

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    I found some food grade at the co-op they said they had 50# bags and 2.5 # bags. I also don't know how much to give, but plans on giving them some to dust bathe in.
     
  4. WisconsinChickenWhisperer

    WisconsinChickenWhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found some food grade at my local co-op as well, but it only comes in 4# bags. Right now I only use it in their bedding and for dust bathing........
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    None

    There is no benefit to feeding it to any animals at all
     
  6. Marshchick

    Marshchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd done a few searches on DE in the forum, and one poster suggested 1/4 cup of DE per 1 gallon of feed. So I've been using that measurement.
     
  7. savilcr

    savilcr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought you were only supposed to put it in their bedding? anyone else feed it to them?
     
  8. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes it can be added to feed
    BUT.. only food grade.. DE

    not the kind for swimming pools.


    for 2 chickens??? that is a tough one.
    Lb. feed for 2 chix should last at least a week

    if you feed them some table scraps mine love popcorn
    but popped of course. or left over cooked rice.
    or old bread.
    thats save on the feed bill
    as your flock grows. and some pumpkin or fruit.
     
  9. memahenny

    memahenny Out Of The Brooder

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    I only use it for bedding and baths............[​IMG] It's good to put on kennels for dogs too...........helps keep the flys away
     
  10. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't feed it to them at all. Good for insects, bugs, etc. when put in litter and also kills lice on the chicks. Make SURE it is food grade DE, the other kind
    can kill 'em.
     

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