Questions about Diatomaceous Earth - feedback appreciated

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lisahaschickens, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I keep seeing mention of Diatomaceous Earth and I also know that the place that makes my organic feed carries it. However, I don't know anything about it. Is it considered an organic supplement? I know it's supposed to treat and prevent some parasites, but that's about all I know so far. Does anyone use it? Do you like it? How is it used? Also, my chicks are nearly 4 weeks old. Can I use it on them? would I want to?

    I have seen mention of it on threads about parasitic worms and I know that chickens get those from free-ranging and eating bugs and grass. My chicks already eat earthworms and I plan to let them free-range as soon as it warms up a bit. I want them to be organic and free-range as much as possible. I am looking for suggestions.
  2. My chicken coop has a hay floor and I use it liberally on the floor, nests and usually rub a good handful on the roosts. I also mix it with their food, as to how much I just dump a flour sifter full in the top and add more as i go down the bag. marrie
  3. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    I also use it, usually just mix with the feed, no measuring needed.
  4. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    DO NOT INHALE IT!!!!!!!

    people use it as a natural wormer... if you FEED it to your animals horses/goats/chickens you are supposed to WET it down, so it does not get inhaled... READ the instructions
    some people use it as a natural bug killer.. and dust it on their birds, in the coop, in the dust bathing areas...

    it is like lava dust.. feels like soft dirt.. but on a molecular level it is VERY VERY sharp.. if you inhale it, it actually put tiny tiny CUTS into your lung tissue, and that turns to scar tissue.. over time the scarring on your lungs can cause you breathing problems..
    this is the same way it "kills" the bugs and parasites naturally.. the tiny sharp edges put cuts into the bugs hard outer shell, so the inside of the bug dries out and dies....
  5. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    Quote:Is it safe for the chickens to inhale if it is sprinkled around in thier bedding?
  6. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    my friend stopped using it for her horses,,once she got on-line and READ all about it.. even on the side of the BAG it says "do not inhale" and when FEEDING it to an animal you need to wet it down
  7. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    That is not entirely true--
    Please read the GREAT article on the use of DE.. just do a search in here...

    The kind that cuts the lungs is Non- food-grade.. though the food grade IS a desiccant, and will dry the mucus membranes and make you sick/miserable...
  8. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    it does not care who inhales it, it will still cut up lung tissuse wether it is human or bird...
    IF i personally used it... it would be few and far between..
    use it once a month instead of once a week... or such..
    just my opinion..
    please just LEARN about it first... it might not be a chemical, but it still can cause problems
  9. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2008
    Lynn Haven, FL
    I've been very satisfied using an organic wormer called VermX. None of the drawbacks of using DE. Their website is:

    Its a once a month treatment for five consecutive days. Its small pellets that you put on top of their feed. Birds love it.

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