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has anyone had experience using food grade DE as a de-wormer? also, where would I get it?
I read it's a good natural alternative....
Diatomaceous earth is pretty amazing stuff. It's the skeletal remains of micro-organisms called Diatoms, and is very effective (as long as it's dry) for dealing with things like cockroach infestation. It both cuts them and clogs up their pores, causing them to de-hydrate and die. We used to sell it in bulk at the organic food co-op I managed. It was very light and incredibly cheap - we used to sell it for something like $1.50 lb. ( and a lb. would fill a decent sized bag).
And short of deliberately inhaling large quantities of it (which I don't think would actually be any worse than inhaling large quantities of dust), it's nontoxic.
I'm not sure what it's effectiveness is for de-worming, but I could see where it might be very effective. You definitely want the food grade variety; the swimming pool variety is supposedly much nastier and should be totally avoided.
If you end up using it, I'd like to hear what the results are.
I have a big bag now if anyone wants to try.
(Got it from Mark's on Commercial - he will bring it in if you call ahead - the schedule is call by Wednesday pick up on Friday.)
I am aware of the following uses:
a) mix it with the dry feed (works to prevent internal parasites + bugs)
b) fluff it into the feathers (like talcum powder, esp. around the bum area - works to prevent / kill external mites etc.)
c) sprinkle into coop walls + surfaces to prevent insects making a home...
It's a great product - and cheap. Cheers, L.
yes! let's meet up if you have some to share (not sure how big your bag is!)
will be in touch soon
We've also used cayenne powder in the feed along with cider vinegar in the water and this seemed to work. It creates a stomach environment that is unfriendly to worms without harming the hens.