Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring substance composed of porous sediment formed from fossil remains of diatoms. The tiny diatom shells that make up what you see are not digested but pass through the digestive tract collecting bacteria, viruses and other build up on the intestinal wall. The amorphous silica in the DE is absorbed into the blood stream which contributes to destroying bad fats, and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is approved for use as an anti-caking agent in animal feed, however it is also reported to be used in many other ways, most notably as a natural way to prevent and treat parasites in poultry and other animals. Studies have shown that feeding DE to poultry may improve both egg production, egg weight, and the general health of your birds. Customers have even let us know they use it as an external dust to prevent and kill mites.
Important Note: Use caution when using as you do not want this product to be inhaled or get into eyes. Wear proper dust mask and eye protection! Only use Food Grade DE around animals!
- Wear a mask when using DE.
- Let any cloud of DE dissipate prior to working in that area.
- Ventilate the coop well when applying and using DE.
- Avoid using DE if you have a pre-existing lung condition.
- Most chickens live out their natural lives prior to developing Silicosis.
*Disclaimer: Scratch and Peck Feeds’ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is not sold as an insecticide, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any illnesses or medical conditions. The Food Grade DE distributed by Scratch and Peck Feeds is 100% Diatomaceous Earth from a fresh water deposit which is consistent in diatom type and sediments, unlike salt water deposits, and is approved for organic use by the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI).
Internal Use: Add to poultry feed up to 2% weight of feed (up to 2lbs DE per 100lbs of feed) for the most effective internal parasite control. Sprinkle on top of feed or add directly to the bag of feed and shake to mix thoroughly.
External Use: DE may be effective as a dust for poultry to control mites and other parasites. Add some DE to their nesting box or dusting area and mix it into the dirt or shavings. DE should always be mixed with other dusting materials (dirt) to prevent inhalation.
Important Note: Use caution when applying as you do not want this product to be inhaled or get into eyes. Wear proper dust mask and eye protection!