Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is an essential natural remedy for the chicken coop or bird cage. Get diatomaceous earth for chickens and fight lice and mites without poison. DE is recommended by natural poultry keepers everywhere.
Diatomaceous Earth (4 kg) - Bird and Poultry Grade Details:
- Completely natural
- Coarse ground for safe use around the chicken coop or bird cage
- Safe for animal use
- A 4 kg bag that will last for months in the chicken coop
- An effective, natural insecticide
- Also suitable for use in the garden
A 100 % natural product
Diatomaceous earth is made from a naturally occurring sedimentary rock. This soft rock is made from the fossilised remains of algae, known as diatoms. High in silica, these particles have sharp, abrasive edges that make them useful for cleaning, desiccating and as a natural insecticide. Food grade DE is safe for human consumption whereas coarse grade DE like this one is recommended for the chicken coop.
A chemical-free insecticide
Diatomaceous earth is a natural insecticide that works by absorbing the oils and fats in an insect's body, desiccating it. DE also has sharp edges which help cut into the exoskeleton. Diatomaceous earth is effective against a range of insects including mites, lice, slugs, snails, ants and other pests. It should never be used indiscriminately, such as on flowers or plants, as it can harm beneficial insects.
Prevent disease in the chicken coop
Lice and mites weaken birds and spread common illnesses as they move between your chickens, or from wild birds into your coop. Diatomaceous earth can be an effective control for lice and mites, preventing other diseases in your flock.
How to use diatomaceous earth for chickens
Natural chicken keepers use diatomaceous earth for:
- Treating lice and mites, by adding DE to the dust bath or dusting birds
- Killing insects in the chicken coop, by sprinkling it around problem areas such as cracks where mites and lice may hide or breed
- Reducing the smell of chicken droppings
Coarse grade DE is also suitable for use in the garden to combat slugs and snails or to add silica to the soil.
Use diatomaceous earth to combat small hive beetle in your bee hive
DE is recommended as a natural insecticide to combat the small hive beetle. It is perfect for use in small hive beetle traps inside the bee hive and keeps the hive chemical-free. It is easier to use than oil or other liquids, and is an effective hive beetle killer. DE should only be used where it cannot come into contact with bees, for example in small hive beetle traps.
This grade of diatomaceous earth is not safe for human consumption. Although the coarse particles are less likely to cause problems than finer DE, all powders can be damaging if inhaled. Always wear a mask and gloves when handling DE and be careful when sprinkling it around the chicken coop to ensure birds don't inhale it.
Dine A Chook shipping charges are outlined below and are for all Australian and New Zealand orders.
|Up to 1kg||$9.95|
|1 - 3kg||$12.95|
|3 - 5kg||$14.95|
|5 - 7kg||$19.95|
|Over 7kg||Calculated at checkout|
|Order over $199 with a total weight under 7kg - Excludes Bulk Bird Netting||Free Shipping - Use Coupon Code 'Free Shipping'|
How is your order shipped?
All Dine A Chook orders are sent using Australia Post unless otherwise stated. All orders require a signature at the time of delivery unless you provide an authority to leave. We deliver to Residential and Business addresses, PO Boxes and Parcel Lockers.
Every Dine a Chook delivery is completely insured for the total value of the items despatched and insurance coverage includes loss and damage during transit. In the unlikely event, you receive a broken item contact our office via the contact us page within 3 working days of signing for the goods so we can arrange for a replacement.
|State||Estimated delivery (business days)|
|New South Wales||3-5 days|
|South Australia, Tasmania & ACT||6-8 days|
|Western Australia & Northern Territory||8-12 days|
With the exception of busy times of the year, orders received before 11am are generally shipped out that same day.