It is suggested that you provide a separate container for feeding
free choice. Some folks choose to want to make sure everyone gets
'some'. To that end it is suggested to use this 1lb bag per 25lb of
You can also place some in their favorite places for taking dust baths on the roost bars and nesting areas.
Diatomaceous earth is fossilized Diatoms, a type of algae. Diatoms
live for about a week before settling on the sea floor, where they
become a siliceous sedimentary rock.
Diatomaceous Earth is a natural pesticide, bed bug killer, and
de-worming agent – the effectiveness of which is a result of its high
Grandpa’s Diatomaceous Earth is a natural insecticide that works
through mechanical means. As DE absorbs water when it attaches itself to
the exoskeletons of insects, they die as a result of water pressure
deficiency. This same desiccant effect makes Diatomaceous Earth
effective at stopping mold from appearing in the feed.
The animal feed contains wet additives such as molasses that cause
the particles to become “sticky”. It forms clumps that not only make the
feed hard to pour but is also a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
Diatomaceous Earth, when mixed into the feed, coats each particle making
feed easier to pour and absorbing the moisture that mold needs to grow.
No mold means less wasted feed. And this means more value from each
dollar spent on feed.
Diatomaceous Earth packaged Under our Grandpa”s Diatomaceous Earth®
Label comes from an extremely pure fresh water deposit of the Diatoms.
Why is this Diatom so special? Its shape and hardness are important to
how it works. Its hardness keeps it from dissolving in liquid. The holes
along the Diatom’s wall allow it to absorb moisture, hence its use as
an anti-caking agent and mechanical pesticide. Lower
quality Diatomaceous Earth often contains unnecessarily high amounts of
iron or clay. Lower quality DE can be identified by its dark color.
Grandpa’s Diatomaceous Earth® is almost pure white and consists of
89-94% Silicon Dioxide, which is the source of DE’s benefits.