Benefits and uses of Diatomaceous Earth for Geese and Ducks
Whether you are a hobby farmer, a rancher or own a goose/duck or two, Diatomaceous Earth (DE) or Fossil Shell Flour can provide you and your gaggle or flock some great benefits.
Mixing Fine Diatomaceous Earth into your Geese and Duck’s feed helps support their digestion system and because DE is a form of silica it is known to give Geese and Ducks strong, healthier and shinier feathers. The best results are when the Geese and Ducks are consistently eating the Diatomaceous Earth feed mixture.
DE 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 and will do the same for geese and ducks.
The recommended ratio for mixing Fine Diatomaceous Earth into your Geese and Duck’s feed:
We recommend adding 2% of the weight of your Geese and Duck’s feed that they receive either in addition to or instead of grazing. For example, each goose or duck might eat 150 grams dry pellets, the Diatomaceous Earth to be added would be 2% of 150 grams which is 3 grams per portion. We recommend only feed DE to ducklings and goslings that are eating solid feeds. Please be careful not to breath in the DE powder as like most minerals they can be potentially harmful once inhaled.
Mixing Fine Grade 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 Geese and Ducks 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 powder as like most minerals they can be potentially harmful once inhaled. As Diatomaceous Earth is absorbent it is important that your Geese and Ducks have access to plenty of water to ensure moisture in the digestive system isn’t affected.
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Have other animals you'd like to feed DE to? Find out how here in our blog.
When using DE we recommend wearing a protective mask for your own safety and well being.