Natural Dewormers?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Blue_Myst, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Well, now I'm in a panic because I've been hearing that I should be deworming my flock yearly, which I regret to say I haven't.

    However, I really do not want to use harsh chemicals or anything of the sort. I've been reading that garlic and pumpkin seeds are good natural dewormers. Has anyone tried either of these? Are they something I need to feed all the time, or just a once-a-month kind of thing?

    Thank you for any advice you can give, it's greatly appreciated! [​IMG]
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Pumpkin seeds do make a great natural de-wormer. The chickens love it, too! Give it to them as their treat. They'll be grateful! [​IMG]
  3. merry hens

    merry hens Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2009
    I heard something about raw goat's milk once, but I've never tried it. Maybe someone else knows more.

  4. lavandula girl

    lavandula girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you seeing evidence of worms? If you don't see that, I'd say that if you're looking to be natural, DE or pumpkin seeds on occasion would be just fine. Now, if there's a parasite load that is indicated in fecal examination, you may need a stronger choice. I mix a little DE in the birds' food every couple weeks, and they get pumpkin seeds when I have them. Never had any evidence of worms.
  5. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    Thanks everyone! Now the deciding factor is to see if my finicky hens will find offerings of pumpkin seeds gourmet enough for their liking [​IMG]

    Are you seeing evidence of worms?

    Nope, I don't see any clear signs of worms or other internal parasites, but I do want to think preventively.​
  6. lavandula girl

    lavandula girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    DE is organic, and they won't notice it in their feed, if they don't like the pumpkin seeds.
  7. foxyk91

    foxyk91 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 1, 2009
    Groton, NY
    Can you please tell me what DE is? I'm new & feel dumb asking but I really want to
  8. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Franklin, NC
    I was told pumpkin seeds have to be broken up, not whole, to be effective. I read that on BYC.
  9. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    What do you look for as evidence of worms? If one bird has them do you assume the rest of the flock does too? Could some have more "company" than others?

    I've also heard that raw ACV (apple cider vinegar) and/or cayene pepper is a good worm preventative, what have you all heard?
  10. RooptyDoo

    RooptyDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    We bought some chickens that we soon discovered were obviously wormy. Gross! We couldn't find just plain pumpkin seeds for them but we did find a squirrel mix of feed at Tractor Supply that was a mix of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and corn. You can find it in the section with the wild bird seed. We ground them up in a food grinder and fed them for 3 days in place of their morning treat of chicken scratch. I haven't seen any more worms and the chickens LOVED it!
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2009

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