Diatomaceous Earth for Chickens & Turkeys
Updated: Aug 11, 2020
Whether you are a hobby farmer, a rancher or own a chicken/turkey or two, Diatomaceous Earth or DE for short can provide you and your flock some great benefits.
Mixing Fine Diatomaceous Earth into your chicken’s and turkey’s feed is a natural way to help prevent fleas and flies from making themselves at home in your chicken’s and turkey’s feathers. The DE helps support their immune system, digestion and because Diatomaceous Earth is a form of silica it is known to give chickens and turkeys strong, healthier and shinier feathers. The best results are when the chickens and turkeys are consistently eating the Diatomaceous Earth feed mixture.
Diatomaceous Earth is also known to eliminate worms and parasites in chickens and turkeys while giving them a boost of minerals such as calcium and magnesium which promote and support increased weight gain and egg production.
The recommended ratio for mixing Fine Diatomaceous Earth into your chicken’s and turkey’s feed:
We recommend adding 2% of the weight of your chicken’s and turkey’s feed that they receive either in addition to or instead of foraging. For example, each chicken or turkey might eat 150 grams dry pellets, the DE to be added would be 2% of 150 grams which is 3 grams per portion. We recommend only feed Diatomaceous Earth to Chicks that are eating solid feeds. Please be careful not to breath in the powder as like most minerals they can be potentially harmful once inhaled.
Mixing Fine Diatomaceous Earth into dry feed:
Either in a dish, simply mix the measured amount of DE into the portion of dry feed or alternatively you can when you buy a new bag of dry feed calculate 2% of the bags weight and add the correct amount of Diatomaceous Earth to the entire bag. Be sure to shake the bag well to ensure the DE is evenly spread. Repeat this with every new feed bag. By adding Diatomaceous Earth to the bag, you get the added bonus that insects like ants and weevils that can get into the feed are deterred as it is like a natural preservative, which thanks to its amazing moisture absorbing power keeps feed fresher for longer.
Every time you go to feed your chickens and turkeys be sure to shake the bag as the DE will settle at the bottom of the bag with time. Please be careful not to inhale the DE as like most minerals they can be potentially harmful once inhaled. As Diatomaceous Earth is absorbent it is important that your chickens and turkeys have access to plenty of water to ensure moisture in the digestive system isn’t affected.
Add Diatomaceous Earth to your other animals feed like dogs, cats and horses. Check them out here in our blog.
When using DE we recommend wearing a protective mask for your own safety and well being.