Raw Pumpkin Seeds as a Dewormer for Chickens

Did you know that raw pumpkin seeds are a natural de-wormer for chickens? I had never heard this, but always looking for a good holistic remedy, I looked into this a bit and seems a lot of people put stock in this tasty treatment. According to Elaine from Sunny Simple Life, pumpkin seeds are coated in a naturally occurring chemical that paralyzes the worms so the chicken can then expel them. What do you think?

Healthy Chicken Treats and What Not to Give Your Flock

Giving goodies to your chickens is a great way to earn their trust and get them to love you! Most of your leftovers will be safe for your flock, but try to avoid salty foods. Also, moldy foods are toxic to chickens. Citrus is another food that should not be given to the chickens because of the acidity.

We eat the insides of the melons and our hens are happy to get the rest….photo: mypetchicken


15 Responses to “Raw Pumpkin Seeds as a Dewormer for Chickens”

  1. Nancy says:

    Can u buy raw pumpkin seeds if pumpkins are not available? Shells on or off?

  2. Lydia says:

    First time I have heard of this. I use diatomaceous earth to worm mine. When I worm my dogs I worm my chickens so I never forget to worm or when I wormed.

  3. Tina says:

    I freeze the guts and seeds from pumpkins in multiple ziplock bags and feed a bag a month to my chickens. They love it and so far I’ve not had a worm problem.

  4. Chuck says:

    I think we need someone to tell us whether it is true or not! Hard for us to say anything since most of us are novelist chicken breeders and not chemist. So it would be nice to hear from someone that could shed some light on this. I don’t usually worm more than once a year and sometimes every other year so to have pumpkins around each year and allow them to eat from them would be a nice way to worm without buying worming medicine and hope everyone gets their fair dosage.

    • Duane Cooper says:

      I collect pumpkins in the fall from my neighbors or off side of the curb when put out for trash and feed all of them to my chickens. Does it work, I don’t know, but been doings this for years (I’m 73) and I dont have a problem with worms. My chickens also run with my goats and no problems there

  5. Lisa Charlene says:

    Don’t feed them cabbage, it makes the eggs taste funny.

  6. Aen says:

    Yes, in many bulk sections

  7. Leo gregersen says:

    We use them for pigs too

  8. Diane says:

    Great idea. Never thought about that.

  9. Megan says:

    I read about this way of working everywhere and my husband got a bunch of mini pumpkins sent home so not only is it beneficial but it is a treat plus a boredom fix. I cut it in half and let them go. They clean it down to the outside skin.

  10. Kathryn says:

    Will any squash seeds work as well?

  11. Sandy says:

    I’m sure you knew what she meant. How about something that contributes to the condo, or nothing?

  12. Lisa Vickers says:

    Yes does anyone know if squash seeds work too

  13. Chief Dr Tubonimi Bob-Manuel says:

    Does the pumpkin seeds work for broiler Chickens too.

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