Cayenne pepper for worms

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by turtlewoman100, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. turtlewoman100

    turtlewoman100 Just Hatched

    May 28, 2016
    Santa Fe, NM
    I read somewhere in this forum about giving cayenne pepper for worms. I got the pepper but now I can't find the post and don't know how much or how often to give it. Does anyone have any information about this. I haven't seen any worms, I'm just doing it as a preventative. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    It's a popular idea, but in reality, there's little no evidence that cayenne pepper has any effect whatsoever, preventative or otherwise, on internal parasites. Those who do feed it, tend to recommend it sprinkled on top of the bird's crumble or pellet ration. It can't hurt the birds, so if you want to feed it, go right ahead - just don't expect it to have much effect.

    A more effective option might be oregano, specifically oregano oil. There are quite a few scientific studies linking it to the ability to not only prevent infestations but even reduce and remove existing populations of internal parasites. It's frequently used on organic farms, where they are prohibited from using "real" antithelmics.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2016

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