Diatomaceous Earth and Chickens: The Benefits of Natural Pest Prevention

Diatomaceous Earth and Chickens: The Benefits of Natural Pest Prevention

diatomaceous earth and herb blend for chickens

A side-by-side comparison of regular Diatomaceous Earth and Buff Clucks CoopShield DE and Herb Blend.

Diatomaceous earth is a key tool as backyard chicken keepers. Since we love our chickens, we are always on the lookout for natural, effective ways to keep our flocks healthy and happy. In addition to herbs, one of the best natural pest prevention tools is diatomaceous earth (DE).

What is Diatomaceous Earth for Chickens?

Diatomaceous earth is a fine, powdery substance made from the fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is rich in silica and is used for many purposes. It's a favorite tool for people who prefer to avoid chemicals near their gardens and animals. People use DE as a natural pesticide, an anti-caking agent in feed, and even a health supplement.

Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth for Chickens

  • Improved Digestive Health: Adding food-grade DE to your chickens' feed can help improve their digestive health. DE acts as a gentle abrasive in the digestive tract, helping to remove intestinal parasites and promoting a healthy gut environment.
  • Enhanced Egg Production: A healthy, parasite-free chicken is more likely to produce higher-quality eggs. By using DE to control pests and improve digestive health, you can indirectly boost your hens' egg production and overall well-being. We also love adding herbs to nesting boxes to boost production!
  • Safe and Non-Toxic: One of the significant advantages of DE is that it is safe for chickens, humans, and the environment when used correctly. Unlike chemical pesticides, DE poses no risk of toxic residues in eggs.

What About Respiratory Issues in Chickens?

Respiratory Issues: One of the common discussions surrounding the use of diatomaceous earth for chickens is whether it can cause respiratory problems. While it is true that DE is a fine powder and can be irritating if inhaled in large quantities, using it properly minimizes this risk. Apply DE in well-ventilated areas. With typical usage, such as sprinkling in the coop or dust bathing areas, the risk to chickens is very minimal! And most lovers of DE would say the benefits of using it outweigh any risks.

Nutrient Absorption: There is a myth that DE can interfere with nutrient absorption in chickens. On the contrary, DE can help improve nutrient uptake by maintaining a healthier gut environment. 

How to Use Diatomaceous Earth to Help Backyard Chickens

To maximize the benefits of DE, follow these guidelines:

  • Use Food-Grade DE: Always ensure you are using food-grade diatomaceous earth for your chickens, as other types may contain harmful impurities.
  • Apply Sparingly: Use diatomaceous earth intentionally in your chicken coop and dust bathing areas. A light dusting is sufficient to control pests.
  • Mix with Feed Correctly: When adding DE to feed, use around 2% of the total feed weight. Mix thoroughly to ensure even distribution. diatomaceous earth in chickens nesting boxes

DE and Herbs: Natural Mites Prevention for Backyard Chickens

We believe in harnessing the power of Mother Nature to keep our chickens healthy and happy. That's why we've created the worlds best natural pest preventer, CoopShield. We are harnessing the power of Diatomaceous Earth for chickens, but giving it a super-boost with the best pest preventing herbs.

Neem: The Ultimate Pest Deterrent

Neem powder, derived from the seeds of the neem tree, is a powerful natural insecticide. Its active compounds disrupt the life cycle of pests, preventing them from feeding, breeding, and growing. Neem is especially effective against mites, lice, and other parasites that can plague chickens. By including neem powder in our DE blend, we offer an extra layer of protection that keeps pests at bay while being completely safe for your chickens.

buff clucks diatomaceous blend with peppermint for backyard chickens

Peppermint: Refreshingly Repellent

Peppermint is more than just a refreshing scent; it is also a potent pest repellent. The strong aroma of peppermint confuses and deters pests like flies, ants, and mosquitoes. Peppermint's natural oils contain menthol, which has proven insecticidal properties. By incorporating peppermint into our blend, we ensure your chickens enjoy a pest-free environment.

Chrysanthemum: Nature’s Insecticide

Chrysanthemums contain pyrethrins, natural compounds that are highly effective against a wide range of insects. These compounds attack the nervous systems of pests, rendering them immobile and ultimately eliminating them. Chrysanthemum's inclusion in our DE blend ensures a broad-spectrum defense against pests without resorting to synthetic chemicals.

Lemongrass: Aromatic Defense

Lemongrass is well-known for its pleasant citrus scent and its ability to repel insects. The oils in lemongrass, particularly citral and geraniol, are natural insecticides that deter a variety of pests, including those pesky barn flies and mosquitoes. Using lemongrass in our DE blend not only helps keep pests away but keeps your coop smelling divine.

Cinnamon: Sweet Scent, Strong Repellent

Cinnamon is another powerful natural repellent included in our blend. Its essential oils contain cinnamaldehyde, which is especially effective in repelling pests. The sweet, spicy aroma of cinnamon enhances the overall scent of our DE blend while providing an extra layer of protection against unwanted insects.

How to Use Our Herb infused DE Blend

To maximize the benefits of CoopShield, our enhanced DE herb blend, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Dust Bathing Areas: Sprinkle the blend in your chickens’ favorite dust bathing spots. They will naturally coat themselves with the powder, providing a protective barrier against pests.
  • Coop and Nesting Boxes: Lightly dust the coop and nesting boxes to repel insects and maintain a clean environment.
  • Feed Mix: Add a small amount to your chickens’ feed (approximately 2% of the total feed weight) to promote digestive health and control internal parasites.
  • Under their Feathers: Dust under your chickens feathers to keep mites and lice away.

Using Diatomaceous Earth and Herbs for Healthy Happy Chickens

Our special blend of diatomaceous earth and powerful pest preventing herbs is a natural solution to pest control in your coop. Never again fear the dreaded mites, and never again throw away contaminated eggs. Each ingredient is carefully selected for its proven effectiveness and safety, ensuring your chickens remain healthy and comfortable. By using our CoopShield, our special DE blend, you are opting for a holistic approach that leverages the power of Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet.


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