Diatomaceous earth (DE) is an excellent feed additive for your animals. Ranchers and pet owners alike have many stories of the benefits of adding DE to animal feed. DE can promote digestive health and shinier, fuller coats.
You can add it to your animals' feed daily, or you can mix it into a large amount of feed and store it that way. DE is very good at absorbing moisture, which makes it a great natural preservative for animal feed.
Follow our guide below to see how you can add DE to your sheep's diet.
You will need:
- Food grade diatomaceous earth
- A food scale
- An applicator like this one
- Hay or feed for your sheep
As always, make sure that your DE is food grade. Non-food grade DE can be dangerous to you and your animal's health if not used for its intended purpose. If you don't have food grade DE, you can purchase some here.
Before feeding your sheep, weigh the feed you are planning to use and take note of its weight.
Using the scale, measure out 2% of the feed's weight in DE. This is the proportion of DE to be added to the feed.
Using an applicator like this one, spread DE over your sheep's hay or feed and mix it in.
Feed your sheep as usual. For maximum benefit, give DE to your sheep in their feed or hay every day.