Why Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth with your Chickens?
Food Grade DE is a fossil shell flour that can be used as an internal wormer, to control insects and to aide in parasite removal in both animals and people. A long time customer adds a teaspoon of Food Grade DE to her yogurt every morning. She swears by it.
With regard to DE and your chickens: DE can be dusted around the coop by using a Pest Pistol, mixed in with bedding material in nesting boxes and when added to dusting holes and gullies works wonders in preventing and eliminating pests on your birds. Flies don't like the powder and therefore it works wonders to reduce, if not eliminate, those pesky flies. Chickens can get lice and mites on their skin in and around their feather follicles, but these nasty little exo-skeleton bugs can't stand up to being "dusted" with DE and therefore perish.
Diatomaceous Earth has a whole bunch of wonderful benefits and uses:
Reduces and kills lice, mites, fleas, flies, ticks, etc.
Natural wormer – eliminates many parasites without chemicals. Add 2% to your flock’s regular feed intake.
Eliminates pests in stored grains. Add to feed containers.
Reduces moisture and pests in coops, run, nesting boxes, litter boxes, compost piles, and other moist areas.
Reduces compost and chicken poop odor. Add to feed and/or use Pest Pistol to dust under roosts, etc.
Safe and non-toxic. Parasites don’t build immunity and you don’t poison yourself, your yard or pets with use.
Promotes shinier feathers and coats.
Better production of eggs and overall health.
15 trace minerals – great for animals, humans, plants, and soil.
Reduces overall animal stress by eliminating bugs that bug them.
For best results DE should be stored in a cool, dry location out of direct sunlight.