Diatamaceous Earth

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Diatamaceous Earth

Post by Judenmink » 16 Jun 2014, 13:40

I have just ordered some Diatamaceous Earth. How should I use it? Was thinking I will tip a cupful into the hollow they are currently using for thier dust baths. I bought it to feed a teaspoonful to my dogs each day to prevent parasites. Can I mix some in the chickens food too? It is food grade that I have ordered. What about sprinkling it in the henhouse when I clean it out next? I have got some mites in there it seems. I have treated the chickens with ivermectin. But hoping I can use the diatamaceous earth as a preventative?

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Re: Diatamaceous Earth

Post by drfish » 16 Jun 2014, 13:53

You can out it in food, but not sure of what ratio you would use for that. If you're worming regularly though, there shouldn't be any need to feed it. External application is just basically squatter it everywhere, concentrating on the nooks and crannies, perch ends, nestboxes and dust baths. You can always mix it with water to make a paste and apply with a paint brush for the hard to reach areas.
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