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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CtlisencedArborist, Aug 2, 2007.
Just curious to know what people use and were there getting it from....and oh yeah cost?
My Girls have never had lice or mites, but when I bought my rooster, he had lice. I only use food grade DE, diatomaceous earth, bought from a Custom Milling dealer who lives near me-they sell Perma Guard brand. They have DE in their feed, shavings, nests and all over. I also feed them chopped unsalted pumkin seeds and buttermilk, which is a natural worming method. The Girls have never had artificial wormers(they're over a year and a half old now), but the rooster was wormed with Invermectin, called Equimectin in the tube of paste I bought. I did it as a precaution during his quarantine period before allowing him access to my flock.
Oh, the DE was $24 for 50# and the tube of invermectin was maybe $6 or so at the local feedstore, I think. It's to treat a 1200 lb horse, so you only use a BB size ball and rub it under his wing or on the back of the neck under the feathers, plus I dissolved the same size bit in water and used a syringe to put it down his throat, as per instructions I got from someone who worms their birds this way. Pumpkin seeds I get at the healthfood store or at the grocery store in the bulk aisle.
Cool,didnt know the pumpkin seed thingy.I do have 6 barredrocks that ive introduced to the flock just yesterday and i wanna prevent anything from flying the flocks way.Ive always been weary about D/E but im thinkin of giving it a try.Just dont like the idea of small once alive organisims flying around in the air and being breathed in,lol.TY for the post,i learned something new today!
Speckledhen, do the pumpkin seeds have the shells on them or are they the pre-hulled kind? Thanks in advance!
They dont have hulls on them and are unsalted. Ingles grocery store has bulk seeds in their produce area and I buy them there. Before that, I got organic ones from a healthfood store.
I also only use food grade DE. I have never had a chicken with worms.
I gotta get me some of this DE... I guess the food grade stuff here is pretty cheap too compared to what some people have to get it for.
I wish I could find a local dealer for this DE. I absolutely HATE to pay the S&H on a 50 pound bag. At the Perma-Guard website, a 50 pound bag is $35 and S&H is $25!
Do you folks order direct or do you have a local dealer for it? Or will a local dealer - feed store, Agri Suppy, Tractor Supply - order it for you?
I would call all the feed stores in your area and see if they will order it for you. Alot of people don't know what it is, so make sure not to abbreviate diatomaceous earth and make SURE you say food grade. On my package it also says food grade chemical codex, and the guy I bought mine from called it fossil shell flour........
I actually purchased my last batch from an Amish family who also sells NON chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
Wolf, I know you have a Custom Milling Dealer somewhere around you. They have Perma Guard. Go to locator by state and see if you do.