Diatomaceous Earth for Chickens | Good or Bad?

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Well? Which is it? Is it a good idea to use DE to control parasites? Could it possibly be harmful to a chicken’s delicate respiratory system? Is it harmful to humans if inhaled? These are all valid questions, unfortunately controversies over the use of DE  are many.

I‘ve done  a lot of research on the use of Diatomaceous Earth for managing parasites that effect good chicken health.  I picked two articles from who I consider reputable and knowledgeable chicken experts. Both are respected, but their very different opinions still leave me with the same question… Diatomaceous Earth, Good or Bad?

Both articles are well researched, both make sense.  Which one do you agree with? 

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

The Chicken Chick®: Diatomaceous Earth, DE. The Benefit/Risk Analysis from The Experts
The Chicken Chick®: Diatomaceous Earth, DE. The Benefit/Risk Analysis from The Experts


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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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4 Responses to Diatomaceous Earth for Chickens | Good or Bad?

  1. I do use DE in my garden to take care of earwigs and cut worms. I have used it sparingly, very sparingly, in my chicken run as a preventive measure. But my thoughts are that if it comes with the warning of causing respiratory issues then I certainly don’t need to cause a problem in my flock.

    • tbnranch says:

      Kinda how I feel… I haven’t used it, haven’t any issues that I feel the need to use it. Just thought for a preventive measure it might be a smart choice. Now I’m not so sure.

  2. We’ve used it for years to no harmful effect. Very good when you have red mite!!

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