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Poultry Application

  • Made from 100% natural West Australian Diatomaceous Earth (DE).

  • Diatomaceous Earth (DE) or Diatomite is a sedimentary rock composed of diatoms, that formed in a freshwater lake over thousands of years.

  • Diatoms are opaline silica skeletal remains of microscopic photosynthetic algae.

  • Compared to other Australian DE deposits, DE-CIDE® West Australian DE is unique since it was formed more recently during the Pleistocene to Recent Ages. This results in DE-CIDE® naturally having a higher amorphous silica content.

  • Amorphous silica is more soluble than crystalline silica and is not a health hazard.

  • DE-CIDE® West Australian DE's diatoms are also distincly "boat shaped".

  • Independent testing has confirmed DE-CIDE® natural pest control's performance was comparable to leading DE insecticide brand.

Refer to our AttaZORB Australian Attapulgite based product to be used as poultry bedding. 

What is DE-CIDE® ?

DE-CIDE® Benefits
  • 100% Natural uncalcined West Australian DE
  • Primarily amorphous silica
  • Non-chemical poultry lice, mite and flea treatment
  • Reduces use of chemical pesticides
  • Minimize use of animal anti-bodies to maintain animal health
DE-CIDE® Application
  • Suitable for use in chicken coop and dust boxes
Why Use DE-CIDE® ?
  • DE-CIDE® non-chemically kills insects (such as poultry lice, mites, fleas and ticks) by removing portions of their waxy waterproof membrane.
  • Insects cannot develop a resistance to DE-CIDE®'s natural process, compared to chemical pesticides currently in use.
  • The diatom structure of DE-CIDE® makes it unique and effective in eliminating insect pests.
Poultry DE Dust Boxes
  1. Poultry will naturally take a dust bath every day to keep themselves clean.

  2. The dust helps remove excess oil and make their bodies less desirable to parasites, like poultry lice and red poultry mite.

  3. Murillo and Mullen’s research paper[1] demonstrated the addition of DE to poultry dust box will reduce the mite numbers. When the DE dust boxes were removed, the mite growth returned.

  4. The sand acts as a carrier to facilitate movement of DE into the feathers. DE then acts on the mites by abrasion and adsorption of surface wax, killing mites via desiccation.

  5. The concentrated availability of DE with the fine sand mixture in a dedicated poultry dust box is important to achieve mite suppression.

  6. Poultry DE dust boxes to be placed in a dark and not too busy area of the chicken coop.

How to use DE-CIDE® in Poultry
Dust Boxes?
  1. Mix DE-CIDE® with sand with the ratio 1:9 by weight. The mixture should cover a depth of 5cm in the Poultry DE Dust Box.
  2. ½ the weight of initial DE-CIDE® should be added to the Poultry DE Dust Box weekly to re-charge and keep the depth of the Poultry DE Dust Box to 5cm.
Packing sizes
  • 500kg bulk bag


[1] Timing Diatomaceous Earth-Filled Dustbox Use for Management of Northern Fowl Mites in Cage-Free Poultry Systems, by Amy Murillo and Bradley A Mullens, June 27, 2016

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