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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Knight1992, Sep 14, 2012.
What is red lake earth diatomaceous used for can it be used to get rid of worms or diarrhea
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is use mostly as a absorbent in feed and a parasite dust, against some beliefs DE will not kill internal parasites.
If you have a worm problem you would be best to use a good Wormer like Safeguard, Ivermectin, Valbazen or Levamisole.
I don't like it because the farmers around here say that the clay also known as red earth does not pass threw the digestive system very well so we all use the perma guard white flour codex food grade. I know it expensive online but my local feed mill only charges $18 for 50 #s
As for getting rid of worms some say yes some say no. I think it works as a preventive on the other hand. When I first learned about it I was told it would get rid of the worms in my wives farm cats skinny scrawny critters looked like they were going to die. I started mixing DE in their food every day lots of it and they didn't want to eat it my wife complained and I told her tough they will eat it or die. I also told her they won't starve them selves to death they'll eat it after about 3 days they started eating I gave it to them every day for 6 to 8 months don't remember which at the end of that time her cats looked healthy and muscular like a cat should not like they were going to die and they did not have the runs any more. Now I feed it to them in smaller amount since I have researched for a preventive its been about 10 months since I stopped the heavy stuff but if they started looking like they did before back on the heavy for a while.By the way we have about 50 cats maybe more and she knows all by name.
Oh ya chickens I give it to mine. By the way for diarrhea when I raised pigeons and one got runny poo I feed them sweet 16 and in a few days it went from yuk to nice and tight stool. Don't know if it works with chickens yet but if one of mine get runny poo its getting sweet 16.
This might help,
Here is a quote from Dr. Christine King on Diatomaceous Earth
diatomite. Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring, soft, chalky rock that, when crushed,
yields a fine, light-grey powder. It consists of fossilized remains of tiny hard-shelled algae called
diatoms. Owing to their high content of crystalline silica, diatomite is mildly abrasive.
In fact, that is the mechanism by which diatomite is purported to kill intestinal parasites. It is
believed that the abrasive micro-surfaces of the diatomite cut the outer membranes of the
parasites like thousands of tiny blades. But I question that premise. Industrial-grade diatomite
has a high silica content and is used as a mild abrasive. However, food-grade diatomite has a
much lower content of crystalline silica, so it is minimally abrasive.
And even if the abrasion theory is valid, then what does this stuff do to the delicate lining of
the digestive tract? While I could not find even one scientific study which validates the use of
diatomite against internal parasites in horses or other livestock, my search did turn up several
articles documenting the health risks of chronic exposure to diatomite. When inhaled, it causes
inflammation of the airways and, with chronic exposure, even some fibrosis (scarring).
Even more concerning was a study which showed that chronic oral intake of diatomite can
damage the intestinal lining, altering its absorptive properties and making it more permeable to
potentially harmful substances. So, it seems to me that the practice of using diatomaceous earth
as a daily dewormer for horses is either useless but harmless or useful but harmful, depending on
the grade of diatomite used.''
Ann Wells, DVM
Springpond Holistic Animal Health
State showed no benefit from using the DE. I have talked to Dan Morrical, Sheep Extension Specialist at
Iowa State, who worked on the study. He told me that they had a hard time even getting the lambs
infested with worms, which was necessary to test to the effectiveness of DE. I bring up this point to make
you aware that farmers must know if their animals even have worms in order to know whether control
measures are needed, are effective, or how to effectively change them."
It is great to use as a preventative for external mites and lice and to prevent flies around your coop but it is not for internal problems.