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Worming Chickens, Use Pumpkins The Natural Chicken Wormer

chickentenderPumpkin Seeds Natural Dewormer For Back Yard Chickens

Chickens love pumpkins and they are very healthy for your chickens so feed up!

What to do with the pumpkins after Halloween?  Usually we just throw them out or let them set and rot until the spring when we scoop them up and discard the remains.

If you have chickens you are doing them a big disfavor by not feeding them the pumpkins, especially the seeds.

So after carving the pumpkin for Halloween please do your Chickens out in the backyard a huge favor and feed the seeds and also the meet from the pumpkin to them.

They will pick the meet and seeds from the pumpkin until all there is left is a thin membrane of the skin left.

Why feed them the pumpkins?  It’s for their health. Pumpkin is a natural wormer.  Pumpkin seeds have a coating on them  that paralyzes the worm and then the worm can be expelled by the digestive action of the gut..  Ground raw hulled Pumpkin Seeds are the best but what a significant difference in the overall health of my flock after feeding whole pumpkins to them.

I broke the pumpkins into chunks and threw seeds and all right into the coop.  the chickens needed no coaxing at all, in a matter of a few hours there was nothing left except for a thin membrane of orange pumpkin skin.

I recommend grinding the seeds up for your younger flocks to make them easier to digest.

Next year there will be a special place in my garden for pumpkins.  Not for Halloween though… I am planting chicken de-wormer :)

I am looking into seeing if squash will give the same results…  Maybe you know the answer to this?  Leave your comments below.

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10 Responses to Worming Chickens, Use Pumpkins The Natural Chicken Wormer

  1. Pingback: Pumpkin Seeds Natural Dewormer For Back Yard Chickens | French Marans Chickens

  2. Would pumpkin seeds, from a store, work when pumpkins aren’t available? How much does a chicken need to eat, in order for the seeds to have a deworming affect?

  3. ChickenTender says:

    They won’t hurt but they will not be as effective as the raw are what you need. The seed has a coating on them that paralyzes the worm so that the chicken can get rid of it. The pulp is effective but not as effective as the raw seed. I feed mine unlimited pumpkins during the fall season seeds and all.

  4. what happens to the worms that are expelled in the manure? can exposure to that manure infect other chickens ? will composting kill the worms? how many small pumpkins would it take to make sure you are getting all the worms in a flock of say 50 chickens? thanks for any info.you can share with me !!!!!!

  5. Good point Phil. Yes, what about the worms after they are expelled. Does the paralyzation wear off? Can other chickens get infected from the worms on the ground, can dogs or other animals?

  6. The Pampering Py'd Piper says:

    This is very interesting. I am new to the indulgence of Chickens and I have a new flock. I have 14 girls and 2 roos, they age from 8mo to 14 months.
    I have learned so much.. Didn’t know they would sneeze and make other strange sounds. I am very interested in learning more about using Pumpkin for deworning as I really want them to eat and be as clean as possible. I am not a fan of Antibiotic’s and pesticides. I am an ALL Natural Mama..
    Did anyone fine out if any squash would work or is it just pumpkin?
    My lil family is healthy but would be nice to keep them that way.
    I would also like to know if the expelled paralyze worms will affect my LIL Yorkie or reinfect the chickens? OR do the worms die after being expelled?

    Thanks So very much for any help you can offer,
    : )

  7. I have been using pumpkin for several years. We use smaller varieties of pumpkins, not the larger varieties. We have never had a crop problem with using pumpkin seed, and the pulp.

    We breed a range of pure fowl and only use natural organic treatments for worming and keeping lice and other mites at bay.

    Due to the number of fowl we have, we have moved from feeding our fowl pumpkin quartered along with apples and tomatoes, to a shredded format.

    Usually this is once a week and is scattered for them to eat. What is left is allowed to decompose which addes to the natural flora of the pen.
    We also use DE once a month. Carrots (shredded) with crushed garlic every third day. Since using this particular recipe we have noted an increase in egg production and the size of the eggs. Fertility is always good in our pens.

    Our fowl are also feed fresh field grass with tufts of soil once a week.
    After observing the use of pumpkin on our fowl, it is like the pumpkin gives them a good clean out and the fowl in “our pens” are noticable content.

    The trick is not to over feed them with to much pumpkin, hence we never feed ours with pumpkin more than once a week and just enough so that the fowl have enough to do the trick.

    We use a very old Kenwood shredder which has a particulary fine cutter blades so that the seeds are well and truly shredded.

    Fowl have been fed a range of natural organic pest treatments for thousands of years and the use of pumpkin and the seed has been used in our family for many generations. My family have managed large scale populous facilities during the Great Depression when access to modern day parasitical treatments was financially unobtainable.

    My Great Grandmother and her mother and my mother have always used pumpkin and other natural tonics for treatments of parasites, including wormwood.

    It’s really about use of each treatment in moderation, and if the fowl don’t like it, they won’t eat it. Also, if you use chemical means of treating your fowl for worms, etc, this does not mean that your fowl are permanently protected from worms etc, you still have to use more chemicals to get rid of them.

    For us, using natural means to treat our fowl is more gentle on their fragile little bodies, which means that they have a greater chance of recovering from each treatment faster.

    Using chemical pesticides as a means of treatment whilst fast and direct, leave me to wonder what residues remain in the body, and what damage be it either permanent or temporary it may have done to the lining of the gastro-intestinal track (beak to anus) :o (

  8. I am so proud of myself tonight.
    As a new hen on the block farmer I used just my common sense and decided to through a few pumpkins into the chicken pasture. Well little did I know they LOVE LOVE LOVE this orange treat ball. And it is a wormer as well. Amazing stuff I feel good to know my girls are healthy and happy and maybe will bump up production for me now.:)

    Any tricks for the fall slow down in egg production. I heard red lights in the coop help alot.

  9. I made the mistake of buying a chemical dewormer without reading the fine print. After doing so, the warning said not to use it on hens that are laying eggs for human consumption! I have been growing pumpkins and giving them to my chickens for years just because they LOVE them! Good to know I am deworming as well as giving them a treat. Thanks.

  10. “I am looking into seeing if squash will give the same results”

    Botanically speaking, pumpkins are just a rounder, more-orange variety of squash (some pumpkins are the same species as winter squash, they’re all in the same genus), so you should get the same results.

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