What is DE?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ragladysews, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Ragladysews

    Ragladysews Out Of The Brooder

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    I keep seeing the term "DE" used in worming and I believe it was spread around a coop oe maybe put in their food? I could be wrong about that. But what does it mean and how is it used?
     
  2. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    diatomaceous earth. Ancient miniature sea shells. They are sharp enough to critically wound very small parasites without harming the chickens... but it will harm your very small air sacs in your lungs so try not to inhale.
     
  3. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    Buy only "food grade" - and I get it at both the local Farmers Coop and at Tractor Supply.
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

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    Buy only "food grade" - and I get it at both the local Farmers Coop and at Tractor Supply.

    If I get it at the local farmers co-op is it automatically food grade? It doesn't say either way on it. [​IMG]
     
  5. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    It says on the bag if it is. They also use it for swimming pool filters and other industrial purposes, sometimes it is bleached white.
    Ours says on the bag rather predominantly that it is food grade.
    No, it says, 'for live stock" look for something in that area of verbiage.
     
  6. inputoutput

    inputoutput Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd ask the people you're buying it from [​IMG]

    My hens absolutely love taking dust baths in that stuff. They really get into it, legs flopping everywhere, feathers all undone, rolling around like a cat on a carpet. Its a healthy bath for them and good fun.
     
  7. EmmyGirl

    EmmyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I've seen Food-Grade DE in Health Food stores too if you can't find it at your local feed store. A scoop or two mixed in pine shavings litter in the coop gives them a nice indoor dust bath during the muddy months. You can also dust your birds with it to keep mites and lice at bay (use Sevin if you have an infestation though).
     
  8. BushBaby

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    Hi everyone, I live in a very rural area with absolutely no access to DE. Does anyone know of another homemade/makeshift alternative? Thanks!
     
  9. afisher1500

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    If you are looking to De-worm your chicken you can use pumpkin...it is a natural de-womer.
     
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Diatamaceous Earth will not work very well, if at all, as a dewormer. Diatamaceous Earth is useless when wet, as it would be when a chicken ingests it (the sharp pieces would be come damp and soft). It may work for external parasites, but not with internal ones. Giving the DE to your chickens won't harm them, but keep in mind that it probably won't prevent worms. You'd be better off getting some Valbazen or Safeguard dewormers. Both of these dewormers will kill most worms that a chicken has, and shouldn't be too difficult to find.
     

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