How much Diatomaceous Earth for drinking water?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by WildHorseMountain, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. WildHorseMountain

    WildHorseMountain Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 21, 2011
    E. Oklahoma
    I've heard so many great things about it and bought a small bag for the first time today to try it out and see how it works. My 6 girls are 9 weeks old now, and I figured it was time to clean things up a bit, especially since they prefer to sleep on the ground in the dirt still. Anyway, I plan to dust everything down including them, and I would like to put some in their drinking water for any internal parasites, so how much do I use per gallon? ~Thanks Kim~
  2. CarolynF

    CarolynF Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2011
    Puget Sound
    My Coop
    It doesn't work in water, it just sinks to the bottom. Putting it in their feed is how others do it.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    DE is ineffective when wet.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That will destroy any benefit of DE, to get it wet. That is why I have serious doubts about its worming abilities on the inside of a chicken and that isn't what I use it for because of that. What you'll end up with is a clump of cement if you add it to water.

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