We have been busy here as usual and are throwing ourselves into gardening. Dane has done a great job fencing off the front yard so we now have a fantastic chicken free zone and I (hopefully) no longer have to fight the chooks for my seedlings or wipe the chook poo out of 11 month old Banjos mouth!
While I am sitting with a sick sleeping bub on my knee I can hear chicks cheeping in the incubator (photos later when I’m free) and it will be up to me and Miss Nyah to care for them while Dane takes on a new work opportunity.
With all our animals and ourselves we prefer to use natural health care where possible we use garlic and onion to prevent worms in our chooks and I have started brewing my own Apple cider vinegar whenever we have scraps.In my search for alternatives recently discovered the use of Diatomaceous Earth for worming cats. Now cat worming is my most hated chore – forcing a tablet upon something with claws is not my idea of a good time so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this alternative.
We buy our Diatomaceous Earth from the feed barn but the brand is Poultry Planet and we use two tablespoons to 1kg of dry food pop it in the box tape it back up and shake every feed. It’s that easy and it constantly worms them. We will still use a tablet twice a year as they get a lot of rabbits and mice here but I’m much more comfortable with this.
What is diatomaceous earth?
Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica. Over a long period of time, diatoms accumulated in the sediment of rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans. Today, silica deposits are mined from these areas.
Silica is very common in nature and makes up 26% of the earth’s crust by weight. Various forms of silica include sand, emerald, quartz, feldspar, mica, clay, asbestos, and glass. Silicon, a component of silica, does not exist naturally in its pure form. It usually reacts with oxygen and water to form silicon dioxide. Silicon dioxide has two naturally occurring forms: crystalline and amorphous. Most diatomaceous earth is made of amorphous silicon dioxide. However, it can contain very low levels of crystalline silicon dioxide. The first pesticide products containing silicon dioxide (diatomaceous earth) were registered in 1960 to kill insects and mites.
How does diatomaceous earth work?
Diatomaceous earth is not poisonous; it does not have to be eaten in order to be effective. Diatomaceous earth causes insects to dry out and die by absorbing the oils and fats from the cuticle of the insect’s exoskeleton. Its sharp edges are abrasive, speeding up the process. It remains effective as long as it is kept dry and undisturbed.
Other uses for Diatomaceous Earth ?