Will Diatomite (DE or diatomaceous earth) harm my chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by elabraleon, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. elabraleon

    elabraleon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2010
    My friend told me DE is great as a drying agent for use in shavings and mechanical lice/tick killer, as well as antiparasitic. She said something about food grade, but I was wondering whats the difference? Isnt it a mineral? Is there really such thing as food grade/non food grade?
  2. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    Yes there is and only food grade for chickens,goggle it and you will find all kinds of info,I use it all the time in the coop
  3. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2010
    UGH! This subject has been beaten like a dead horse. Lots of opinions out there. Yes it helps keep the coop dry. Yes there is Food grade,it means there is no added cemical. Yes you need to use food grade. DE is fossil material. It does not prevent any worms. It helps(in my opinion) with flies in the warm weather. Many will tell you it is silica and its useless sand. Read and do some research and try it. You will have to decide for yourself. I like it in my coop where I use the deep litter method.
  4. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2010
    Okarche Oklahoma
    yes it can if used incorrectly I advice to only sprinkle Lightly and I mean so light as if a mouse runs across it theres no dust.makes sure you have proper ventilation. it is a wonderful mechanical pesticide But very dangerous for you and anyone or anything to breath in exessive amounts.I use it inside a sock with a respitory mask. and lightly shake it in the areas I am dusting.
  5. HyLinda

    HyLinda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2010
    Warrens, WI
    If it gets under your dentures, it will turn you gums into raw mush. [​IMG]
  6. pookiegoldman

    pookiegoldman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2010
    Grand Isle, Louisiana
    Where do ya'll guys buy it?? I can't find it ANYWHERE...
  7. FractalFarmer

    FractalFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    SF Bay area CA
    I had good results when I used it and need some more also. Along with the chicken coops, I want to use it around the stray cats that we're taming (seem to have a few fleas).

    There was an ad link at the bottom when I read this, and I followed it to what looked like a decent source for DE: www.earthworkshealth.com

    I ordered some from there just now because I ran out awhile ago. It was much cheaper online than I got from the feed store. I've never ordered from them before, so I can't offer insight into this website; I just followed the link. If you are shopping for DE, check if there's an ad for it below now; the owner of the BYC site may get some credit if you click the ad link instead of using the url I put in.
  8. elabraleon

    elabraleon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2010
    Quote:[​IMG] I am so sorry! I truly hope you don't know this from experience.
  9. elabraleon

    elabraleon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2010
    Quote:Maybe I'm not using the search function properly, but when I search I get these long lists of threads with millions of posts, and cant even find where in the threads my keywords appear. sorry to be obnoxious. I tried to search it before asking. [​IMG]
  10. ChickensAreSweet

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