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Diatomaceous Earth for Chickens (Mites Be Gone!)

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Diatomaceous earth is a white powder made from the fossilized shells of a type of algae located throughout the world. The algae are called diatoms, which is the origin of the word “diatom-aceous” earth.

The benefits of diatomaceous earth for chickens are numerous — it contains nutrients that your chickens can consume and doubles as a safe, non-toxic, organic pesticide.

Wait! What? A pesticide? Let me explain.

Diatomaceous earth absorbs the oils and fats from the exoskeletons of the parasites that prey on your chickens, causing them to die. And by parasites, I mean mites, lice, fleas, etc.

In short, diatomaceous earth is used as a panacea against the parasites that cause harm to your chickens. If you’d like your flock to lay more eggs, have more energy to cull the yard of bugs, as well as promote their well-being, diatomaceous earth is a wise investment.

Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth

  • Rids your chicken coop of parasites
  • Eliminates some of those really bad coop smells
  • A dietary supplement
  • A natural worming remedy that kills the bad parasites that live inside your chicken’s gut

How to Use Diatomaceous Earth for Chickens

  • Sprinkle diatomaceous earth where your chickens take their dust baths. They’ll love you for it!
  • Sprinkle the powder in the coop to eliminate bad smells.
  • You could also add a little to your chicken’s feed to give them a nice dietary supplement.

How Much Diatomaceous Earth Do You Need for Chickens

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There’s no science to it. And you don’t need to measure anything. Most folks will tell you your chicken’s diet should be between 5% and 15% diatomaceous earth. In other words, don’t overdo it. Be cautious and practical.

I was sparing on what I added to my chickens’ diet, choosing to sprinkle more powder in the areas where my chickens took dust baths.

Where to Buy Diatomaceous Earth

I’ve seen the stuff at my local Walmart and Home Depot so I’d imagine you too could start there. I suspect your local pet store even carries it. But I’d call ahead just to be sure.

The easiest way, of course, is to get the stuff online. I’ve provided a list of the top-selling brands at Amazon, so you can view them all in one sitting and make an informed choice.

Bestseller
Dicalite DE25BOX 25 LBS Diatomaceous Earth Pool Filter D.E
289 Reviews
Dicalite DE25BOX 25 LBS Diatomaceous Earth Pool Filter D.E
  • All-natural filtering media for de swimming pool filters
  • Designed for use in above ground and in ground de filter systems
  • High-grade de filter powder can filter down to 3-5 microns
  • Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae
  • Leaves water sparkling and crystal clear without clumping
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Perma Guard Bio50 EGP-DE-50A Diatomaceous Earth-DE Food Grade, 50 lb, White
115 Reviews
Perma Guard Bio50 EGP-DE-50A Diatomaceous Earth-DE Food Grade, 50 lb, White
  • Perma-guard is 100% pure freshwater diatomaceous earth
  • Perma-guard - OMRI certified diatomaceous earth is the purest food Grade fresh water amorphous silica diatomaceous earth available. For organic use. 100% Organic feed grade product.
  • Perma-guard is derived from fossilized diatoms remains. Anti-caking agent for livestock feed
  • Perma-guard is OMRI certified food grade which allows it to be used on food crops through harvest and is safe for animal consumption
  • Perma-guard is very effective soil amendment and conditioner. Natural water and nutrient retainer in agriculture.
Bestseller
Harris Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 2lb
19 Reviews
Harris Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 2lb
  • Natural Product - Composed of 2lbs of 100% ground freshwater diatomaceous earth with absolutely no additives or fillers
  • OMRI Listed - Listed with the Organic Minerals Research Institute, a non-profit organization that reviews products against organic standards.
  • Supports a Great Cause - Harris donates 10% of profits to support the local Etowah Valley Humane Society.
  • Made in the USA – Mined in Nevada and packaged in Georgia
  • Satisfaction Guarantee - If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, simply contact us and we will issue a refund
SaleBestseller
DiatomaceousEarth DE10, 100% Organic Food Grade Diamateous Earth Powder - Safe For Children & Pets 10 LBS
6,625 Reviews
DiatomaceousEarth DE10, 100% Organic Food Grade Diamateous Earth Powder - Safe For Children & Pets 10 LBS
  • Diatomaceous earth you can trust - Our obsession to create the purest food Grade diatomaceous earth affects every aspect of our business, from the quality of the deposits we mine from, to the stainless Steel equipment that handles the De.
  • The only official supplement - we are the only producers of food grade diatomaceous earth products that meet all requirements for health supplements in the USA
  • 100% organic - all of our products are certified organic by the organic minerals review Institute
  • Nature's most diverse product - diatomaceous earth is an amazing powder that can be used for a wide range of applications from health supplement to pet care. Take a look at some of our reviews for a more thorough list of benefits and use cases
  • Wholly produced in the USA - our entire process from mining to filtering to packaging is all completed in the United States
Bestseller
EasyGoProducts Diatomaceous Earth - 100% Natural Food Grade - DE Fresh Water – 10.5 Pounds
91 Reviews
EasyGoProducts Diatomaceous Earth - 100% Natural Food Grade - DE Fresh Water – 10.5 Pounds
  • This product is 100% pure freshwater diatomaceous earth. Mined in Nevada, USA and packaged in California, USA by trained employees using the highest quality stainless steel packaging machines.
  • This product is OMRI certified diatomaceous earth and is the purest food grade fresh water amorphous silica diatomaceous earth available. 100% Organic food grade product.
  • This natural product has hundreds of uses. Search the Internet to learn all about the varied uses for food grade diatomaceous earth. Out of 600 deposits in the US only 4 are considered "food grade" By the FDA standards. We only mine from the best.
  • Bonus packs - all of our packages include a FREE bonus amount to help save you money. We give more for the same price as others.
  • 100% SATISFACTION – We are so confident that you will like our diatomaceous earth that if you return it within 30 days, we will give you a full refund on the product price. Try it, we know you will like it.
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Harris Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 5lb
274 Reviews
Harris Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 5lb
  • Natural Product - Composed of 5lbs of 100% ground freshwater diatomaceous earth with absolutely no additives or fillers.
  • OMRI Listed - Listed with the Organic Minerals Research Institute, a non-profit organization that reviews products against organic standards.
  • Mined in the USA - Our freshwater, pure white food grade diatomaceous earth is mined in Nevada and packaged in Georgia
  • Supports a Great Cause - Harris donates 10% of profits to support the local Etowah Valley Humane Society.
Bestseller
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 5lb with Powder Duster Included in The Bag
1,278 Reviews
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 5lb with Powder Duster Included in The Bag
  • Natural Product - Composed of 5lbs of 100% ground freshwater diatomaceous earth with absolutely no additives or fillers.
  • OMRI Listed - Listed with the Organic Minerals Research Institute, a non-profit organization that reviews products against organic standards.
  • Powder Duster Included - Powder duster in the bag for easy and efficient application of diatomaceous earth on animal feed
  • Supports a Great Cause - Harris donates 10% of profits to support the local Etowah Valley Humane Society.
  • Made in the USA – Mined in Nevada and packaged in Georgia. Does not contain an expiration date.
Bestseller
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 10lb with Powder Duster Included in The Bag
1,074 Reviews
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 10lb with Powder Duster Included in The Bag
  • Natural Product - Composed of 10lbs of 100% ground freshwater diatomaceous earth with absolutely no additives or fillers.
  • OMRI Listed - Listed with the Organic Minerals Research Institute, a non-profit organization that reviews products against organic standards.
  • Powder Duster Included - Powder duster in the bag for easy and efficient application of diatomaceous earth on animal feed
  • Supports a Great Cause - Harris donates 10% of profits to support the local Etowah Valley Humane Society.
  • Made in the USA – Mined in Nevada and packaged in Georgia
SaleBestseller
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 4lb with Powder Duster Included in The Bag
1,185 Reviews
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 4lb with Powder Duster Included in The Bag
  • Natural Product - Composed of 4lbs of 100% ground freshwater diatomaceous earth with absolutely no additives or fillers.
  • OMRI Listed - Listed with the Organic Minerals Research Institute, a non-profit organization that reviews products against organic standards.
  • Powder Duster Included - Powder duster in the bag for easy and efficient application of diatomaceous earth on animal feed
  • Supports a Great Cause - Harris donates 10% of profits to support the local Etowah Valley Humane Society.
  • Made in the USA – Mined in Nevada and packaged in Georgia
SaleBestseller
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, Half Pound
438 Reviews
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, Half Pound
  • Natural Product - Composed of a half pound of 100% ground freshwater diatomaceous earth with absolutely no additives or fillers.
  • OMRI Listed - Listed with the Organic Minerals Research Institute, a non-profit organization that reviews products against organic standards.
  • Supports a Great Cause - Harris donates 10% of profits to support the local Etowah Valley Humane Society.
  • Ready to Use - Puffer tip allows for easy application in hard to reach areas.
  • Made in the USA – Mined in Nevada and packaged in Georgia
SaleBestseller
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 2lb with Powder Duster Included in The Bag
1,859 Reviews
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 2lb with Powder Duster Included in The Bag
  • Natural Product - Composed of 2lbs of 100% Natural Product - Composed of 2lbs of 100% ground freshwater diatomaceous earth with absolutely no additives or fillers.ground freshwater diatomaceous earth with absolutely no additives or fillers.
  • OMRI Listed - Listed with the Organic Minerals Research Institute, a non-profit organization that reviews products against organic standards.
  • Powder Duster Included - Powder duster in the bag for easy and efficient application of diatomaceous earth on animal feed
  • Supports a Great Cause - Harris donates 10% of profits to support the local Etowah Valley Humane Society.
  • Made in the USA – Mined in Nevada and packaged in Georgia
Bestseller
Safer 51703 Diatomaceous Earth-Bed Bug Flea, Ant, Crawling Insect Killer 4 lb
2,167 Reviews
Safer 51703 Diatomaceous Earth-Bed Bug Flea, Ant, Crawling Insect Killer 4 lb
  • Diatomaceous Earth based powder is a highly effective ant killer; 4 pound resealable Bag
  • Kills insects by ingestion/deHydration within 48 hours indoors or outdoors; Active Ingredients Silicon Dioxide (85percentage), Other Ingredients (15percentage)
  • Also for Bed bug, cockroach, flea, earwig, silverfish, cricket, millipede and centipede Control
  • Insects canNot Develop a resistance to it since there are no chemicals to build immunity from
  • Formula contains 100 percentage Diatomaceous Earth
Bestseller
Harris Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for Pets, for Cats, Dogs, Horses and Pets, 2lb
  • Natural Product - Composed of 2lbs of 100% ground freshwater diatomaceous earth with absolutely no additives or fillers
  • OMRI Listed - Listed with the Organic Minerals Research Institute, a non-profit organization that reviews products against organic standards
  • Mined in the USA - Mined in Nevada and packaged in Georgia, our food grade diatomaceous earth is pure white in color
  • Supports a Great Cause - Harris donates 10% of profits to support the local Etowah Valley Humane Society
Bestseller
Dicalite Minerals DicaLite-50A DicaLite-50B Diatomaceous Earth Pool Filter 50 lbs, White
  • Filtering media for de pool filters
  • For above ground and in ground de filter systems
  • De can filter down to 3-5 microns
  • Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae
  • 50 pound quantity in two 25 pound bags
Bestseller
Harris Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer, 8oz
  • Kills a Variety of Insects - Kills roaches, fleas, ants, bed bugs, and more
  • Comes In Puffer Bottle - For easy surface application or deep into cracks and crevices
  • No Fillers or Additives - Composed of 100% freshwater diatomaceous earth mined in Nevada and packaged in Georgia
  • Long Lasting - Diatomaceous Earth remains effective indefinitely as long as it's kept dry
  • EPA Registered - Registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (No. 3-18)
SaleBestseller
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Powder Duster with 6 Inch Extension Nozzle
  • Light Dusting - Spreads diatomaceous earth evenly and efficiently
  • Use in Multiple Settings - Perfect for household use in residences and apartments or outdoors
  • Great for Tight Spaces - Places powder in difficult to reach areas, saving you time and effort
  • Minimal Clogging - Turn upside down and begin with light puffs to reduce clogging
  • Fine Tip Nozzle - 6" extension included for precise application
Bestseller
Diatomaceous Earth 5 Lbs Food Grade DE - Includes Free Scoop
  • 5 Lbs de - meets U.S. Food chemicals codex standards
  • Free scoop - includes small measuring cup
  • Natural product - OMRI listed for organic use
  • No additives - 100% pure freshwater diatomaceous earth
  • No Contaminants - Professionally Packaged Using Stainless Steel Machinery
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Robelle 4024 D.E./Diatomaceous Earth Powder for Swimming Pools, 24-Pound
  • All-natural high-grade filter material filters down to 2 microns
  • Easy-to-handle box that pours and stores cleanly
  • Outstanding filtration for a crystal clear pool
Bestseller
HARRIS Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer, 4lb with Powder Duster Included Inside The Bag
  • Kills a Variety of Insects - Kills roaches, fleas, ants, bed bugs, and more
  • Powder Duster Included - Includes powder duster for easy surface application or deep into cracks and crevices
  • No Fillers or Additives - Composed of 100% freshwater diatomaceous earth mined in Nevada and packaged in Georgia
  • Long Lasting - Diatomaceous Earth remains effective indefinitely as long as it's kept dry
  • Satisfaction Guarantee - If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, simply contact us and we will issue a refund
Bestseller
Natural Guard Diatomaceous Earth Insect Control
  • Natural contact insecticide
  • Causing abrasions on insects as they come into contact with product or ingest it, contact results in the loss of body fluids then dehydration and insects cannot become immune to its action
  • Digestible by earthworms, thus causing them no harm
  • Very effective in controlling snails and slugs in bedding plant areas and around houses
  • Completely odorless, nonstaining and remains effective in the control of insects as long as the product is present

Amazon product data was last updated on 2020-05-29.

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