DE Dusting

Diatomacious Earth and Chickens

The last 5 winters have been a dry one for Southern California.  This winter we had a bit rain more, though still short of normal,  but nothing like the Godzilla of El Nino that they were forecasting. 

With spring just a few days away and now that we have an extra hour of daylight, figure now is a good time as any to get to doing some deep spring cleaning.  Who else has been bitten by the spring cleaning bug?

Now that winter’s come and gone and with the recent warming trend of 80+ degree days, it was a good time to  spread/sprinkled a bunch of diatomaceous earth into the animals’ (400 sq ft) enclosure.

What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth or “DE”  is a naturally-formed sedimentary mineral rock. It’s derived from the remains of diatoms, or oceanic unicellular algae.

It’s a natural remedy for all manner of poultry ailments including intestinal worms/parasites, mites and lice. DE also deters any hatching flies! 

Homestead Uses

In the barnyard: it’s good practice/habit to apply regularly, especially in the Spring when temperatures start to warm and bring out all sorts of unwanted buggies.  Applying DE in the dirt/mulch is good for when the chickens take their dust bath as they’ll get some DE in their feathers which will combat mites and lice.

DE also has many other practical uses in the garden and around the home.


Not all DE is created equal – make sure you are using food grade NOT industrial grade (toxic!)  DE can irritate your nose and lungs, so wear a mask and is also drying so wear gloves when applying.

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