Has anyone used pumpkin seeds to worm their chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gumpsgirl, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I was wondering if anyone on here has ever used hulled pumpkin seeds to worm their chickens and if so, at what age and how often do you give them to the chickens? [​IMG]

    Here's a good website that tells what the pumpkin can be used for. I copied the part specifically on worms & therapeutic uses
    I'm still unsure on how much it takes to worm the chickens though.

    Edited to add info.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2008
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I haven't yet, but I plan on doing it this fall. I would think that any chicken large enough to eat a pumpkin seed would be old enough to have it. After all, there are no dangerous chemicals in it. I don't know a lot, but I am going to try it when the pumpkins come in this year.
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Could you grind them up and add to the feed? What is it about the pumpkin seed that gets rid of worms???
  4. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    I haven't heard about this before. That sounds great...(aka Cheap!) how much do you give them?
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    In the Fall I cut the whole pumpkins in halves and feed them to the girls in the run...It's the seeds that helps with worming but they love the whole thing...all thats left is the outershell...

    The seed has a natural nutrient that I can't think of the name right now...senior moment....
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2008
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Quote:Great idea! Do you only worm them in the fall then? I bet the pumpkin adds color to the egg yolks as well! I am definitely adding pumpkins to the garden this year. [​IMG]
  7. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Joshua, Tx
    This is new to me, but my chickens did love the pumpkin I threw them last Halloween. Who knew it was good for them (apparently everyone but me, lol). [​IMG]
  8. JenniferJoIN

    JenniferJoIN Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    This is new to me as well, but maybe I'll add pumpkins to our garden too!!!
  9. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    I can see it now......little pumpkins growing all in the coop from the poop. LOL. Sounds like a great idea. I need some pumpkin seeds to plant now.
  10. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    I have used it!

    There is something in the husk of the seed that paralyzes the worm and "moves" it on out. I chop up the seeds so that the husks are exposed when the chickens eat them. The fiber of the seeds help to move the system once the worms are paralyzed.

    They really like it also!

    If you free range your birds, there are also lots of natural wormers in the weeds/flora that the chickens will eat if they need it. I think cammomile is one.

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