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Is it okay to give ducklings Diatomaeous Earth in their food

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SparkleFlower, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. SparkleFlower

    SparkleFlower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I bought three Muscovy ducklings on Friday, they are two weeks old. I was wondering if anyone fed their ducklings food grade diatomaceous earth? If anyone does, how much should I put in their food? Thanks :)
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Nope they don't need it. if you want to use DE use it to keep their feed fresh, that way they are getting a little with their feed but not too much. it's 3 cups to 50lbs. I would put a 1/3 of the feed into a trash can 1cup of DE mix real good then add another third till I have the whole bag and 3 cups mixed real good. Ducks don't get internal parasites like chickens do, if that's why you wanted to use it.
     
  3. AvianEgo

    AvianEgo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why would ducks not get internal parasites? External i can understand because they are in water often. But i would think every creature is capable of picking up an intestinal parasite
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    They just aren't is apt because they have such a high internal temp. In Storey's Guide to Raising ducks he says "Healthy waterfowl naturally have reasonably good immunity to most internal parasites," Causes: Worms are primarily a problem when ducks have access to stagnant water, crowded ponds or forced to live in a filthy environment. He isn't saying they will be parasite free but they don't get them as readily as chickens.
     
  5. SparkleFlower

    SparkleFlower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I will use D.E. as wormer when they are older, I take diatomaceous earth in water for internal parasite control.

    Thank you soooooooo much for replying [​IMG]
     
  6. houseofknauss

    houseofknauss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    true--the only way I use DE is in the coop where the ducks and chickens live--(in their bedding)(separate quarters same room) and I lavish it on once a month in the chicken dust bath(which use to be my herb garden)
     

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