Pumpkin??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JonCountryBoy, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. JonCountryBoy

    JonCountryBoy In the Brooder

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    I recently read that pumpkin is a natural de-wormer. So I got some for my chickens, question is how do I feed it to them? Do I just cut a chunk and give it to them. Or is there something I need to do first?
     
  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    The first thing you need to do is get a combined sample fecal float done by your vet if you haven't actually seen worms in their droppings. Then you would purchase an appropriate dewormer to rid the flock of the parasites if the results of the float dictated they were infested.
    If a 'natural' cure sounds too good to be true, it is.
     
  3. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    I'm not sure about the effectiveness against worms, but I know if you put a chunk of pumpkin in the run they will eat it. Make sure it isn't moldy. Make sure they have grit. If you throw the chunk in the microwave or oven for a bit first it makes it a bit softer and easier for them to get at.
     
  4. sorce

    sorce Songster

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  5. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    But, since we are on the subject of pumpkins and chickens, might I ask if anyone actually gives pumpkin to their chickens as a treat? I have too much pumpkin in the garden, but was thinking the seeds are too big for them and the meat too firm.

    ETA: chickens in place of chicks.
     
  6. Akrnaf2

    Akrnaf2 The educated Rhino

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    Don't go there, it is a dead end road. Just use a good de-wormer if you think you need to.
     
  7. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

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    yup and 5 million threads on this subject
     
  8. FortCluck

    FortCluck Crowing

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    I give mine pumpkins smashed and they eat everything but the outer part. It's a very nutritious treat. You can also roast the pumpkin seeds and put it in their feed or just throw the seeds out on the ground for them as a treat.
     
  9. CCUK

    CCUK Free Flying

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    I give mine half a pumpkin once in a while when available and they demolish it! Seeds and all! All that is left is the very thin outer skin. They love it.
     

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