It’s no secret that here at Scratch and Peck we are strong proponents of using natural remedies to treat our animals, which was one reason we had added Diatomaceous Earth (DE) to our Cluckin’ Good line of supplements. DE is comprised of porous sediment that forms from the fossilized remains of diatoms. The tiny diatom shells kill parasites as they pass through the intestinal tracts of chickens and ducks, and have also been useful for killing mites around the coop. While DE can be a successful natural preventive, when used appropriately, we have decided to discontinue the product as of March 1, 2017.
This decision, coupled with the fact that we want to focus more of our efforts on products that are uniquely Scratch and Peck, such as Cluckin’ Good Herbs* and Cluckin’ Good Grubs, is twofold. First, our DE is, and always has been, a Food Grade product that has been approved by Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI). While this product is approved for both animal and human use, we are licensed to only sell products for animals, and regulations prevent us from labeling our DE as Food Grade on packaging. Since we believe in providing full transparency in our company and products, we want to be able to label our products effectively. We want you to know that you are purchasing the highest quality products for your animals and that you can easily find the information needed to back that up.
Second, since we began selling DE in 2011 we have learned a lot more information about it. While DE is effective at ridding your coop of pests, it can be too effective. DE doesn’t discriminate between good and bad bugs. It has the potential to also kill any bug that comes in contact with it, including beneficial bugs and bees. In fact, we have learned that the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation has listed DE as being dangerous to honey bees.
We are constantly evaluating and reevaluating our products to ensure that they fit in line with our mission to make honest, wholesome organic animal feed products with the most heartfelt regard for our planet and fellow living creatures. When something no longer fits within that framework, we’re willing to be flexible and make the necessary changes to get back on track. Thank you to all of you to continue to support what we do as we grow, try new things, and deepen our commitment to organic and whole foods.
*Attributes regarding our Cluckin’ Good Herbs have not been approved by the FDA.