St. Gabriel Organics Diatomaceous Earth, 4.4 lbs

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Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a poultry-keeper's best friend. It's 100% natural, non-toxic, and is used to help prevent and treat poultry ailments including intestinal parasites, and external mites and lice. A 2011 study showed that in chicken breeds less-resistant to internal parasites, adding 2% DE to their feed significantly decreased internal parasite loads. It also showed that, across different breeds, hens consuming DE laid more eggs, and that their eggs contained more albumen and yolk vs. the control group. Finally, it showed that DE is effective in helping to control the external parasite, Northern Fowl Mites.

As if that weren't enough, DE is an anti-caking agent, so it will help prevent your feed from clumping in humid conditions!

Diatomaceous earth is a fine white powder made of the tiny fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of algae. Ours is OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) listed, so it's okay to use in organic flock management, it's safe for your pet chickens, and their eggs are safe for you!

To use, add 1 pound of DE to every 50 pounds of feed (a 2% ratio) to help prevent intestinal worms -- and also to prevent feed from caking! To help prevent external mites or lice, sprinkle some in the nest boxes, coop bedding, and especially in your chickens' dust bathing area. To treat a current infestation in your flock, apply it directly to your birds, especially beneath their wings and around their vents. (You can even use it in your house to treat ant infestations!)

Learn more about the signs of mites and lice, and treatment options, here.