If you’ve never used diatomaceous earth for your chickens it’s time to start! It has so many great benefits, so continue reading to learn!
Diatomaceous earth is definitely essential on my farm. From the moment I started my research on diatomaceous earth and started using it, I quickly learned that it is a chicken keepers best friend!
Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth for Chickens
After learning about each of the benefits that diatomaceous earth has for your flock, you’ll find yourself using it more and more. I know I have!
Benefit One: Kills External and Internal Parasites
It is a great natural way to kill bugs and external parasites that infest your chickens, such as mites and lice.
Studies have also been performed that say diatomaceous earth is effective in getting rid of internal parasites as well.
The study also showed that the laying hens that consumed DE were heavier and laid more eggs.
The way that the diatomaceous earth kills the bugs and parasites is by drying them out.
The sharp edges of the microscopic silicon particles are abrasive and cause the bodies of the parasites to dry out, blocking their airways, then attacking their respiratory systems… And woo they’re dead!
Benefit Two: Provides Essential Minerals
Diatomaceous earth is a perfect addition to your chicken’s feed because it is completely natural and packed with minerals.
Benefit Three: Removes Odors
Diatomaceous earth will absorb moisture and eliminate smells, so it is a super easy and effective way to control odors around the chicken coop!
It’s definitely a great product to incorporate when you’re cleaning your chicken coop!
Is Diatomaceous Earth Safe for Chickens?
It sure is!
Diatomaceous earth is completely natural and safe for your chickens which is why I love it so much!
There are some things to be aware of though.
Since it is a fine powder, it could irritate somebody with sensitive lungs. If that’s the case for you it’s recommended to wear a dust mask while applying DE.
As far as your chicken’s health is concerned, there is nothing to worry about.
Which Type of Diatomaceous Earth Can Be Used With Chickens?
Any kind of diatomaceous earth labeled as “food grade” is safe for your chickens.
There are different grades of diatomaceous earth such as:
- Pure Food Grade DE
- Crawling Insect Control DE
- Pool Grade DE
- Other DE Blends
But the best grade of diatomaceous earth for chickens is food grade.
Where to Get Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
The great thing about this product is that it should be pretty easy for you to find!
It should be carried at your local feed store but if not, you can order it online.
I like this HARRIS food grade diatomaceous earth.
How to Use Diatomaceous Earth for Your Chickens
There are so many great benefits and I use it so frequently that I keep it in a covered bin right next to my coop so that it’s handy to get to anytime I need it.
Below are some of my favorite uses!
First: Add DE to Your Chickens Dust Bath Area
It’s great to use in your chicken’s dust bath.
Chickens will naturally fluff themselves in the dirt and I’m sure that if you have chickens already, you’ve seen the holes everywhere!
It’s pretty much impossible to keep your chickens strictly using the dust bath area. But I do have a specific dust bath area for them.
I made a chicken dust bath in an old tractor tire filled with sand, wood ash, and diatomaceous earth.
Along with the DE, wood ash is a great natural way to kill parasites. In fact, for years that is all chicken keepers have used!
Just be sure when using wood ash that it’s only fireplace ash, no briquettes or ash from treated wood.
Second: Use DE Around Your Coop and Chicken Yard
Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the chicken yard and coop. Like I mentioned above, chickens like to fluff everywhere!
So to make sure that your chickens fluff in the DE, just sprinkle it everywhere the chickens fluff.
When sprinkling it in the coop, you can put it in the nesting boxes, on roosts, on the floor, and anywhere you see your chickens hanging out.
In fact, sometimes at night once all of my chickens are roosting I will go into the coop and sprinkle diatomaceous earth on all of their backs.
This way, you can be sure that your chickens have been treated for all external parasites!
Third: Use DE in Your Chicken’s Feed
The third way you can use diatomaceous earth for your chickens is by adding it to their feed.
I simply just sprinkle a few handfuls into their feed and mix it around. This way every time they eat they get a little bit.
It helps get rid of any internal parasites and acts as a natural wormer.
Summary of Using Diatomaceous Earth for Your Flock
Now that you know all the benefits of using DE for your chickens, make it a staple on your farm!
It’s great for:
- Adding to their dust bath
- Keeping the coop and chicken yard clean
- Adding to their feed
I don’t always put my heart into recommending products but DE is just truly awesome!
It is a super amazing and effective solution for so many things.
So instead of having different products for all your chicken needs, use diatomaceous earth because it’s the cure-all!
You can even use diatomaceous earth in the garden!
For more information on raising healthy happy chickens, check out my ebook The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens!
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