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Diatomaceous Earth and Chickens: Common Uses and Application Methods

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7 responses

  1. Spot on with this write-up, I honestly feel this site needs a great deal
    more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the information!

    December 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm

  2. T. Blackburn

    I recently purchased your product and plan to use it in my chicken pens. I have a mite problem in one and am leary of using pymethrin powders due to the ingestion risk. Will definitely let you know how well it works.

    November 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  3. John

    Can you put DE in your chickens water? If so, how much?

    October 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for the question!

      Unfortunately, at this time, Red Lake Diatomaceous Earth (RLE) is registered only as an anti-caking agent and flow aid for use in animal feed (as well, our diatomaceous earth (DE) has also recently been registered in Canada as a natural insecticide). RLE can be added to feed at a rate of up to 2%.

      October 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

  4. If it kills the insects, what are the chickens eating? It seems mixed up!

    October 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    • Hi Nancy,

      Thanks for contacting us! As you mentioned DE is often used as a natural insecticide to help kill crawling insects such as fleas, ticks, mites, etc. and is also registered for use in animal feed (as an anti-caking agent and flow aid). The reason that DE can work to kill insects but is also safe for animals to consume is that DE only works as an abrasive at a microscopic level.

      Diatomaceous earth works to kill insects by lacerating their exoskeletons and absorbing their bodily fluids. However, DE particles are very tiny and their razor-sharp edges only function to lacerate surfaces at a microscopic level. Because insects are also small, the DE can easily cut their exoskeletons. As well, the movement of their bodies across the DE, and their waxy exoskeletons, creates conditions in which the DE rubs against their bodies and lacerates their outer shells. A large, strong surface, on the other hand, such as the tissue of the intestines and stomach are not affected by the sharp edges of the diatomaceous earth, as the particles are too tiny to cause any damage.

      I hope this answers your question! Please let us know if you have any other questions, comments or concerns!

      October 5, 2012 at 10:10 am

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