How and Why is it Good for our Chooks?
Results of studies indicate the DE has the potential to be an effective treatment to help control parasites and improve production in hens.
Whilst DE is beneficial to many farm animals, chickens and ducks respond the fastest to natural silica supplementation. Scientific trials show that chickens fed DE were noticeably larger, with more meat, stronger bones healthier.
DE contains many trace minerals, but the main component of DE, silica, gives many benefits to chickens. Chicks on a high-silica diet attain maximal bone re-mineralization much quicker than those on low-silica diets. Studies indicate that chickens with DE in their diet laid larger eggs containing more albumen, weighed more, ate more, and had fewer worms.
Natural Chicken Health’s – Super Mash contains diatomaceous earth as a key ingredient. The DE used in Super Mash is food-grade quality and contains a high level of immediately soluble silica. It is chemical and additive-free, contains no toxic level of any element so it is safe for your chickens.
Diatomaceous Earth can be applied externally to attacks fleas, ticks, mites, and digestive tract worms by slicing into the outer shell or layer of their bodies and absorbing the oils and fats that protect the insect’s ability to retain water. This process, called desiccation, leads to dehydration causing most pests to die in a matter of hours.
You will find a lot of conflicting information about it’s effectiveness and health benefits but ultimately, poultry keepers need to determine what is best for their poultry flock.
How else can we use it with our Chooks?
Add to feed supplies to stop bugs living in the feed
Sprinkle in nesting boxes and around coop
Sprinkle in favourite dust bathing areas
Rub along roosts and into nooks and crannies
If your chook is infested with mites give her/him a good dusting down.
Other uses for DE around the Home and Garden
Sprinkle in pet bedding to reportedly control insect
Add to stock feed to stop bugs living in the feed
Control small hive beetle in beehives
Use in garden to combat slugs and snails
Treat ear mites on pets
Keep bugs out of stored vegetable seeds
Control cockroaches, silverfish, ants, fleas, ticks, lice, earwigs, aphids, white fly
Control internal parasites in poultry, goats and sheep.
Safe use of DE
If you do choose to use DE, purchase only 100% food-grade (amorphous)
Completely avoid DE products containing industrial grade (crystalline) made for swimming pools and NOT for use on or around your flock.
The ingestion of food-grade (amorphous) diatomaceous earth is not toxic to mammals, but care should be taken to avoid getting DE dust into your lungs or eyes. When handling protect yourself with goggles and a face mask.