Harris Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is an all-natural Diatomaceous Earth that can be used in a variety of applications. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is composed of shells from Diatoms that drift to the bottom of the lake bed or ocean and form layers. Aside from garden pest-control, it serves other purposes and can be used as an animal feed additive. These Diatom shells are not food and are not digested. When these tiny shells pass through the digestive tract, they absorb positively-charged viruses and bacteria, hold them, and take them out of the body, which effectively destroys parasites. The process is entirely physical and not a chemical action. This is also OMRI (Organic Minerals Research Institute) listed for organic use and is guaranteed to be free from additives - making it completely safe for use around pets and children. Comes with a powder duster for easy and efficient application.
NOTE: This is food grade, however, it is not safe for HUMAN CONSUMPTION. DO NOT EAT.
Animals kept in limited enclosures should be fed 2% of the total weight of their feed. This means that for every 50 lbs. of feed you should mix in 1 lb. of DE.
Experience shows that goats and sheep will eat approximately 2 to 3 1/2 oz. daily. You can top dress - add the 2 oz. of DE to the bucket of feed and mix it in. Or, empty a 50 lb. bag into a pan they can't kick over and allow the animals to eat "free choice." Lastly, have your feed mill mix 50 lbs. if DE to every ton of your textured or pellet feed.
Cattle and Horses
Generally speaking, these animals will get enough DE if you mix 1/2 - 1 coffee mug of DE with feed for each animal daily, or a minimum of 4 oz. daily.
For Calves: 1 1/2 oz. to one gallon of milk replacement. At calf weight of 300-150 lbs., start with 2 oz.
Fowl and Poultry
Chickens are easy. They will do well if you provide a pan for them to dust in or eat free choice. Put DE in their favorite dusting spots, and they very obligingly throw it all over themselves without you having to do any work at al. However, the best way is to have your mill add 1/2 to 1% to a pellet. DE is safe to add to nests, too. If you are mixing DE into the feed yourself, please use 1/2 to 1% of the total weight of the dry ration.
Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats may balk at having DE sprinkled directly onto dry food. After a while, they will adjust, and often lick the bowl! To make life easier, add DE to wet food or table scraps, and mix thoroughly, then add in the kibble. Your dogs and cats will happily eat it up, and you will know they got the amount they need.