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Many chickens are moving from country farms to cities and suburbs where they have ultra fashionable coops furnished with art works and other decorative pieces.

As of 2014, over 1,000 (and growing every day) towns and major cities are allowing backyard chickens.  Many others are drafting ordinances to accommodate this exploding phenomenon.

Whether you want fresh free-range eggs or are just looking for companion chickens, they are quite hardy and most of their potential health problems are preventable with a bit of foresight.

Many blogs (BackyardChickens, UrbanHens, and NewUrbanChickens) are writing about how to keep hens and roosters happy and healthy with Diatomaceous Earth.  Lumino DE is USDA Codex FOOD Grade and Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listed.  It is 100% non-toxic.  It will not harm children, pets, livestock, poultry, plants, or the environment.

DE is USDA approved as an anti-caking agent for animal feed.

This remarkable substance is a natural desiccant.  By drying up manure faster it controls odors and keeps coops cleaner and drier.

Deodorization and absorption are natural functions of Diatomaceous Earth.  The benefits continue as undigested DE passes through and settles on cage or coop floors.

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image of a plus signWhat is Diatomaceous Earth and how is it processed?

Diatomaceous Earth began life between 5 and 20 million years ago, as single-cell aquatic plants know as Diatoms.  During the 15 millions years that they lived and died, truly unfathomable numbers of their microscopic skeletons accumulated at the bottom of what where once enormous fresh water lakes.  Eventually the lakes disappeared leaving dried deposits of these fossilized skeletons.  Subsequent geological events buried many of these deposits but more recent (just a few hundred thousand years ago) geological eruptions made some of the deeper deposits that are several hundred feet in depth extractable.

The diatoms that produce Diatomaceous Earth grow in a unique way.  Most plants use the sun’s energy to synthesize cellulose for the cell structure.  Instead diatoms extract dissolved amorphous silica from the water.  Silica is responsible for building their strong and stable skeletons.  These naturally porous hard skeletons are what give DE its remarkably abrasive and absorbent abilities.  There are also why DE is a good source of silica.

Of the 600 DE deposits in the USA only four are considered Food Grade by the FDA.  Not even these few Food Grade deposits are identical; some Food Grade deposits may contain higher amounts of sediment and clay.  Depending on how the deposits are formed, sufficient clay particles can clog the pores of these fossilized shells reducing the effectiveness of the DE.

There are thousands of products that contain Diatomaceous Earth.  These included skin care products, toothpastes, foods, beverages, medicines, paints and water filters.  The FDA lists DE as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe).

How is Diatomaceous Earth Processed?

Producing a small canister or bag of Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a lengthy and expensive project.  Our DE is from the Four Corners region of the Southwestern US and is prized for the purity and consistency of its ore deposits.

The best DE is not just waiting to be picked up.  It is buried and is covered by what is known as "overburden".  This must be removed before the diatomite can be extracted with giant excavators.  For the purest DE, darker layers are rejected, only the lightest layers are chosen for processing.

The large pieces of excavated DE are then arranged so that solar energy can dry them out enough for crushing.  After crushing they are moved to storage bins.

The stored ore must then be carefully milled and further dried to preserve the structure of the diatoms that are responsible for it amazing abilities.  After milling the DE is further sorted to removed impurities and foreign matter with a progression of sifters and traps.  It is now ready to be jarred or bagged.

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Ingredients:   100% Diatomaceous Earth (Amorphous non-crystalline silica).  This is non-treated freshwater DE, mined, sifted, and packaged in the USA.

directions for use:   Sprinkle the coop or cage floor and cover with shavings.  Sprinkle in nesting boxes between layers of hay and mix a small amount into dusting bins.

Add one pound or 6 cups to every 50 pounds of feed.

Use as a whitewash for roosts and walls.  Mix one cup of DE to 1/2 gallon of water.  Stir frequently.


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