how-to Feed de to Animals

how-to Feed de to Animals

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Diatomaceous earth is an excellent feed additive you can give to your animals. Ranchers and pet owners alike have sent in many stories telling us of the benefits of feeding their animals DE. With the popularity of organic and sustainable ways to farm, diatomaceous earth provides a cost-effective natural addition to your animal feed. When used as a feed additive, customers have reported the following benefits: reduced vet bills, reduced manure odor, better coat, eye and hoof condition, increased metabolism, decrease in intestinal worms and weight gain. You can learn more by reading our guide below.

How-To Instructions


Grab Everything You Need

Make sure you have all the right equipment for the job. You can select one of our diatomaceous earth kits that include everything you'll need or just buy some DE and use your own applicators. There is no wrong way to apply diatomaceous earth; it just needs to come in contact with the insect to work.


Feed Ratios

Feed grade diatomaceous earth should be used at a rate of 2% per dry weight of animal feed. Some sample ratios are as follows:

  • - Horse and cattle: 2 lbs/100 lbs of feed
  • - Bison and elk: 2 lbs/100 lbs of feed
  • - Hogs and sheep: 2 lbs/100 lbs of feed
  • - Chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks: 1/2 tsp per cup of dry feed
  • - Dogs: 1 tsp per cup of feed
  • - Cats: ½ tsp per cup of feed


Measure Your Diatomaceous Earth

To ensure accuracy, measure beforehand the quantity of feed you wish to produce. After the weight of feed has been established, measure out the correct amount of DE before you add it to the feed.


Mix the DE With the Feed

Pour the pre-measured diatomaceous earth directly onto the feed and mix it in. Make sure to distribute the diatomaceous earth equally for more effective results. Also, diatomaceous earth works best if the feed is cool and dry. The mixture should be smooth before feeding it to the animal.


Repeat as Desired

Food grade DE can be consumed daily when kept to a maximum of 2% per dry weight of animal feed. After you've had the chance to notice the difference, why not share your experience with adding DE to your animal's feed below?

Helpful Tips and Warnings

  • If you have breathing problems, like asthma, you may want to wear a dust mask when mixing large amounts of DE.
  • For more articles on how to use diatomaceous earth on your farm, visit our farm uses page.
  • Store diatomaceous earth in a cool, dry location.
  • Mix the diatomaceous earth with the feed so it's covered completely.
  • Be sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth.

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