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

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142 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?

    • Jennifer says:

      You can buy raw pumpkin seeds at the bulk store. But I would think that the “naturally occurring chemical that paralyzes the worms” would be washed off.

      I also suspect that they need to be shells on. I don’t know for sure but you might be able to use any kind of raw squash seeds.

    • Paul Rusin says:

      I would suggest freezing them in the fall, then taking them out as needed, or if needed. I do not recall my chickens ever having worms.

      Also, for others reading who have chickens. I have found feeding them cruciferous (vegetables – cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc., and the peels, and seeds of butternut squash – probably any squash – makes the eggs taste much, much better. The cruciferous are full of sulphur, which gives eggs their quality taste.

    • Ken says:

      We are a homeschool family that has a seed brand we sell just on Amazon at this time. And we sell a couple different kind of pumpkin seeds that can be bought all year along. Raw Earth Colors is the brand name.

    • Carol Bush says:

      Probably not, since it seems to be the slimy coating that works.

  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

      • mark stoner says:

        I never heard a this,but I’ll take yor word for it I allways learn’t more from old people,I grew up with WW1 vets and they never led me wrong

      • GAIL KOBER says:

        I do the same thing. People look at me like I’m nuts for collecting the old pumpkins. I also ask people for their left over watermelons 🙂

    • Danielle says:

      According to the Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language a Novelist is a person who writes novels. I venture to think You may have meant Novice, which is a person who is new to circumstances, work, etc.

      I just thought you might like to know. It is easy to confuse words, I do it all the time.

    • Patricia Vallentyne says:

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5037735/ Note quite true According to studies it is an extract made from pumpkin seeds that reduces the egg and adult fecal count of Heligmosoides bakeri,

  5. Lisa Charlene says:

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

    • Barbara KOSLOW says:

      I heard if you feed your chickens chili powder the eggs will be red and spicy. Chickens cannot taste hot and spicy. That’s why I heard you can also put hot chili powder or flakes on wild bird seed, and mammals (raccoons, squirrels) won’t eat it. Just don’t know if my egg customers would appreciate it

    • Linda mercier says:

      always feed my chickens vegetables and fruit. nev
      ver had a problem with cabbage

    • Martha Swope says:

      All eggs should be fed back to the hens to replace lost nutrients- not gobbled up by greedy humans. Implant your hens to stop the egg laying that kills them young.

  6. Aen says:

    Yes, in many bulk sections

  7. Leo gregersen says:

    We use them for pigs too

    • Judy M Cates says:

      Pumpkin can be fed as a complete feed to pigs as a whole diet. The only thing missing are a few of the minor amino acids. This is from the Agriculture office. For pregnant and lactating sows, I would still add pig feed for the added vitamins.

  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

    • Otter says:

      I do not know if squash seeds work or not but I do know my chickens will not turn them down. They love to play with them and eat them. I always have far too many squash and they love them so I always have great eggs because of it.

  13. Chief Dr Tubonimi Bob-Manuel says:

    Does the pumpkin seeds work for broiler Chickens too.

  14. Lauren says:

    I read it was a myth

  15. Vivian Sosnowski says:

    Very interesting 🙂

  16. cat says:

    I don’t think there is just one wormer for all types of intestinal parasites. I know there isn’t with pigeons, so I doubt it with chickens. The seeds certainly won’t hurt them, in most cases, my grandmother gave all types of veggie waste to her chickens, but I doubt they’d kill all types of worms either. If you want to test out the theory, gather some fresh droppings and have your vet test them (it’s likely to be under $10). With those results, go home and feed your chickens pumpkin seeds, a couple weeks later take in another fresh dropping sample.

  17. Cheryl says:

    My daughter in law says this info is false. No natural dewormer.

  18. Terri says:

    The seeds of pumpkins and many other vine crops are believed to contain a deworming com- pound called cucurbitacin, which has been used to expel tapeworms and roundworms in domestic livestock species for years.

  19. Rj says:

    Just give them the whole pumpkin and they will eat it all up right down to the wrine. I read an article on this several years back about why it is so good and healthy for them to eat pumpkins, started giving all mine at that time and have been doing it every year since with no issues from my hens…they’re all very healthy.

  20. Pam says:

    How do you know if your chickens have worms?!

  21. Jeanne says:

    I have never worked my chicken

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Do you know if ducks can eat them too, it’s my first year having them and most articles I find are about chickens.

  23. Terry McNeal says:

    I feed mine cabbage once a week, and I’ve had no problems?

  24. Donna Runyon says:

    We get them at our local ingles grocery store, for our kitties around 4 bucks

  25. Tracey says:

    This is a very good article about pumpkin seeds as a dewormer! thefewellhomestead.com/are-pumpkin-seeds-a-natural-dewormer-for-chickens/

  26. Lora says:

    Pumpkin seeds are good for deworming snails too. You just have to crush them up and soak them to make it easier to eat.

  27. Dan Naidoo says:

    Recently I developed a craving for eating manderine peels. Is it good I r will it cause me harm .I sm diabetic sve raisedBp and sm on dialysis.

  28. Karen findley says:

    My mother roasted fresh pumpkin seeds and gave them to us to eat when we were children to get rid of pin worms and it most certainly worked. Back then we were not given antibiotics and meds as now so our bodies were susceptible to parasite infestion occasionally, am proud of their knowledge without technological assistance

  29. Kay says:

    You can also crush pumpkin seeds for puppies as a dewormer. Dogs you don’t have to crush .

  30. Alicia says:

    9 Healthy Treats Your Chickens Will Love
    Posted by The Happy Chicken Coop
    …..

    Pumpkins are another one of those refreshing treats with added health benefits.

    The seeds inside pumpkins help with worming. According to Delaware State University pumpkin seeds “contain a deworming compound called cucurbitacin which has been used to expel tapeworms”……

  31. Susie LaRose says:

    Our chickens eat cabbage all the time. In fact we hang a whole cabbage from a rope in their playpen to give them something to chase and pack at so they dont fight and peck at each other. They love it and our eggs taste wonderful.

  32. JaRae John says:

    My chicken’s love both pumpkin seeds and the pumpkin also oranges not sure if if kills parasites, it didn’t seem like it had, the love cabbage and it never made mine taste funny. Nor did orange’s do anything.

  33. Kathy says:

    All seeds of all fruits contain a certain amount of toxins that over time can cause serious damage. Birds have a higher immunity to these toxins. Having said that we are what we eat and I don’t know how it would transfer into egg or meat production. Whether pumpkin seeds get rid of worms it probably helps. Hopefully the toxins don’t damage the bird’s digestive tract over time as it would in humans.(diverticulitis)

  34. Catherine says:

    Good to know.

  35. Sloas says:

    I worm pretty often myself

  36. Renee Mckenzie says:

    I just want my chicken to lay eggs again..?I only have 1 chicken, just stopped laying. Maybe worms?

  37. WoodrowG says:

    Pumpkin seeds will give chickens and other poultry an incurable neurological condition called limber neck. Please retract this article as it is bad for veterinary health, and will likely cause harm.

  38. Renee Mckenzie says:

    I just want my chicken to lay eggs again..?I only have 1 chicken, just stopped laying. Maybe worms?

  39. Betty Brigman says:

    I have 50 chickens and only worm them when their combs are pale in color. I pour a small amount of vinegar into their water. This works for me.

  40. Lola Piper Stone says:

    I wonder if this works for ducks too

  41. Tam says:

    It says in the article that the pumpkin shells are coated with the paralytic enzyme so I would assume that they need to eat the shells in order to ingest that enzyme

  42. Brett says:

    I have two types of worm wood growing and other plants that are toxic in any dose. I think I lost a chicken to them once.. perhaps twice. But my chickens are quite discerning. Im going to harvest my euro wormwood tomorrow and feed it to them in some cooked eggs.. I have too many that are getting old. I also feed them disputatious earth. That worms great too. I dust the seed with it and also cook it into their food. I use both of these on myself too and no worm problem. I like the pumpkin seed idea. Sad I didnt plant any this year and wondering if watermelon seeds do the same ? The chooks love those. When I give them watermelon they always eat the seeds first.. then the rest down to the outer skins 🙂 I love my chickens 🙂

  43. Katie says:

    Just be mindful that some people treat their decoration pumpkins with chemicals (hairspray, pepper, cleaning solutions) to keep the squirrels away. Make sure you know that the pumpkins you gather are free of chemicals!

  44. Trace says:

    Yes it is true and I does work.. Not only on chickens but all animals and humans. It’s an old wives tale that happens to be true

  45. Chiken Lovin' Chick says:

    Please read the facts. Throwing a few pumpkin seeds to your chickens is not going to work.

  46. zofia says:

    Yes, even human could blend these seeds with water and drink it, so is working like in chicken.But fresh pampkin cut it take everything from inside and blend it.

  47. Annemarie says:

    Paw paw seeds and the skin is also good for deworming chickens and dogs. According to the late Dr H C A Vogel’s book – The Nature Doctor.

  48. Lindelwa Ntlonze says:

    Thank you for reminding us Diks our grandmothers used to give us pumpkins really for deworming heyiii kodwa sikulisiwe thina kakuhle futhi thank you our parents we will not forget what you taught us. Thanks Diks

  49. Valerie says:

    Great idea!!!

  50. Lori HL says:

    Will it work for Pekin ducks also.

  51. Sheli says:

    It is not true. My husband is a veterinarian. It does not work. They love them…but it’s just a treat.

  52. Debra Cook says:

    Just and fyi about canned pumpkin…I give my small dog a heaping teaspoonful with each meal. Vet recommended this for a case of gastritis she got 2 years ago. It cured her condition in 24 hrs and it has never happened again. She loves it and has a beautiful coat and sparkling eyes to this day. ?

  53. Debra Cook says:

    Just and fyi about canned pumpkin…I give my small dog a heaping teaspoonful with each meal. Vet recommended this for a case of gastritis she got 2 years ago. It cured her condition in 24 hrs and it has never happened again. She loves it and has a beautiful coat and sparkling eyes to this day. ?

  54. Jose Torres says:

    Thank you for this info. Will pass it on.

  55. Gara Thornton says:

    Do you grind the pumpkin seeds up?

  56. Andrea dwyer says:

    Works on humans too

  57. Kandin says:

    It definitely does work! And it isn’t just for chickens either. It works on cattle, goats, pigs and even people, too.

  58. Trisha says:

    Lol I was wondering the same?

  59. Suzette says:

    Please send me this on email

  60. Gerri says:

    How do you work with diatomaceous earth.

  61. Chris says:

    It’s on the internet, it must be true. Just kidding. Worm your chickens with dewormer.

  62. Terri Dunegan says:

    Boiler chickens are still chickens and yes it will work on those too.

  63. Emily says:

    Do you grind the seeds up? I’ve put squash seeds and remnants out before but they don’t seem interested.

  64. John says:

    You’re worried about the chickens body, mind, spirit, and emotions? Do you know the definition of holistic remedy?

  65. Tina says:

    I give my turkeys, ducks and chickens pumpkin, cabbage, kale and collards and have never noticed any difference in the taste. And they live it all.

  66. Tina says:

    I give my turkeys, ducks and chickens pumpkin, cabbage, kale and collards and have never noticed any difference in the taste. And they love it all.

  67. LoriZrvt says:

    No supporting evidence or studies

  68. Diane Herman says:

    THIS IS AN OLD WIVES TALE. THERE ARE NO “NATURAL” DEWORMERS. JUST BECAUSE YOU READ IT ON THE INTERNET DOESN’T MAKE IT TRUE.

  69. Diane Mayes says:

    I worm my shih Tzu with dry pumpkin seed they are the best natural wormer

  70. sheryl jennings says:

    I am a dog breeder and when we have puppieswith loose stool its usually a sign of a paeasite. we dose with canned pumpkin !! mamma too

  71. Lana says:

    Pumpkin seeds raw are healthy for interestines we all know about it in Russia they also give them to people who have worms in their stool

  72. Dr. Steve says:

    Science versus Folk-remedies:
    Pumpkin seeds do NOT work on the 3 most common worms in chickens.

    Pumpkin seeds contain cucurbitin (an amino acid), which paralyzes and eliminates JUST tapeworms from the digestive tract – dogs, humans, chickens.

    but … just tapeworms … NOT the more common round worms (ascarids) .. nor pin-worms that more commonly affect chickens.

    So … like so many folk remedies … it sort of works … on one kind of less common parasite (tapeworms) … but does NOT work on the most common worms in chickens. … NOT on hair worms … NOT on roundworms … NOT on caecal worms (aka Heterakis worms) …
    So, pumpkin seeds do NOT work on the 3 most common worms in chickens.
    🙁

    If you care about your chickens … ignore the “pumpkin seed cure” . 😉
    Dr. Steve
    ~ Better living through science ~

  73. Wendy says:

    Can goats eat raw pumpkin seeds for deworming too?

  74. Yelena says:

    It’s been well known antihelmintous remedy to fight worms in mammals since 16th century. In my country of origin, the seeds were been used for human Helmintosis as well. Very effective.

  75. Mevis Danda says:

    Was using cabbage sometimes . Nice to learn about pumkin seeds

  76. James says:

    I had had about a dozen chickens when I was about 12 years old for about 3 years. I don’t ever remember having a conversation with my parents or friends about chickens having worms. How would you know if your chickens have worms?

  77. Rosemarie Sylvan says:

    Like the pumpkin seeds remedy

  78. Shandra Brown says:

    It is used for other animals as well. Many people grind the pumpkin seeds which have to be uncooked to work and add it to their animals feed. Feral cat feeders love it because they dont have to try to handle the cats to worm them.

  79. Peggy says:

    I wonder if we can lay pumpkins out for deer?

  80. Tracy says:

    Yes. It’s called a pumpkin.

    Scoop the insides out.

  81. Tracy says:

    Stock up now & freeze

  82. Mitchell Anderson says:

    Pumpkin seeds would be a natural cheap way to work my chickens ?,but I’m just worried it may not get every type of worm,being natural of course I will try it,but I’m still going to use Wazine 17 occasionally on my bantams. Just got to very careful how much u dose them with cause if ur like me only have a small flock of bantams and Seramas,u can overdose easily,but used right this stuff works!

  83. D Tosh says:

    The Indians used pumpkin seeds for years to get rid of parasites. You have nothing to lose by trying it!! An old country doctor told my mom that EVERYONE gets parasites/worms. He said he couldn’t tell most of his patients that because it made them mad. People used to do a parasitic cleansing once a year by drinking sage tea; eating pumpkin seeds; etc. Think about it… we worm our dogs, cats, horses, cattle, chickens, pigs, etc. but we are too proud to think that WE could ever get parasites!! So go ahead…be proud…and live with a belly full of worms!!

  84. Madelyn says:

    Does anyone know if this works on dogs as well?

  85. Donna says:

    How do u give the dirt to them ?? They ear it or do u coat them with it?

  86. Sylvia says:

    Pumpkin seeds work for chickens and humans seeds are high in zinc. It is the pumpkin seeds that work.

  87. Fred says:

    What helps chickens lay eggs

  88. Christy says:

    This site tells a bit more and has other remedies as well. Kind of neat. thefrugalchicken.com/pumpkin-seed-cayenne-wormwood-deworming-treat-for-backyard-chickens/

  89. Andy says:

    This is bad info. This is a myth. This myth is discussed in a book titled, Chicken Fact or Chicken Poop. This topic is deemed poop by poultry veterinarian Dr. Maurice Pitesky, DVM.

  90. Donna says:

    it is well known amongst natural foods people that pumpkin seeds do this..also for humans!!!

  91. Noella kasongo says:

    Very much interest in breeding staff

  92. Elisa Balderas says:

    A dear friend that passed used to give milk instead of water for her birds and she had dome big fat chickens!! so for 1 week it was milk every day and she would not keep any eggs till the end of the 2nd week….I enjoyed het chickens ..
    they were all diffrent breeds and sizes..

  93. Patricia Vallentyne says:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5037735/ Note quite true According to studies it is an extract made from pumpkin seeds that reduces the egg and adult fecal count of Heligmosoides bakeri,

  94. Buster says:

    If you dry out the punkin seeds , crush them an sprinkle a teaspoon over ur dog or cat food once a month it is a great dewormer.

  95. Amina Ango Abdullahi says:

    Very interested

  96. Deana says:

    So sorry to say but this does not work. It may put some extra weight on your flock; which is a good thing for the summer.
    Safeguard deworming for chicken is the best and will kill 4 types of worms, and It has no egg withdrawal. It’s expensive but worth every penny.

  97. Luis alberto Hidalgo says:

    Muy buen dato.

  98. Oupa Batsietseng says:

    Thank you for this most beneficial info.

  99. MARCOS ELENILDO FERREIRA says:

    QUE CRIATIVO !!

  100. B says:

    Pumpkins are the SHELLS for pumpkin seeds.
    And yes they can be bought. Check feed store. Or just buy pumpkin or squash gord. Is the family class pumpkin is in.

  101. B says:

    D Earth is great I cluding you can benefit. It cleans the intestine pushes residue out of intestinal wall pockets that are normal for peristalsis.
    I would have my horses fecal checked. My Vet could not believe only thing could find was few like casings frags from them picking up the egg or new larve in pasture grazing. Was evidently cut up so I consistently had 0percent live intestinal parasites.
    She even did a study on .y horses farm Inc chickens pigs dogs etc …
    Clean of worms. Used on soul too to prevent and replenish soil. Does not hurt earth worms in proper amount but evidently worms them also.

  102. B says:

    Love me she said enzyme in pumpkin seeds immobilize worm. This is so all seeds not eaten. Diatamesious earth The Distom cuts up parssite the worm with pumpkin seeds is just imobalized so can be expelled.
    Diatamesious Earth eradicates in soil and inside host. The diaton is like million ninja stars cutting enemy up.

  103. Carol Haney says:

    Thank you for the information about the pumpkin seed de wormer for chickens!

  104. David Nichols DVM says:

    It would be very easy to find out if pumpkin seeds work as a wormer. Since the commonest worms in chickens are ascarids. If it really works as described you could easily see pieces of spaghetti in the feces of freshly wormed chickens!

  105. Faith Castle says:

    The worm animals and humans. I used them every year for my goats, they loved them. All of my herbal info. Says they worm, no matter what kind of animal

  106. Dawn says:

    Does it work for cats too ???

  107. Marianne Scott says:

    What about cats? And how do you use DE? In food or what?

  108. Janet Siano says:

    I put a capful of bleach in their water every time I change it (usually a couple of times a day) and they have never had worms. I will definitely give them the pumpkin after Halloween.

  109. Jack Dreyer says:

    OMG before this gets done humans will be eating Pumpkin seed to deworming themselves. I predict this will be the next far for the elite thinkers in our society. Please help us from this next crisis health — deworming East coast and West coaster.

  110. Roy says:

    No, it will only work for Friers and egg layers. And it only works on Hens, not for Roos.

  111. Dere says:

    Going to give this a try. I have ducks and chickens. And i love them all.

  112. Donna says:

    Coal for pigs, they love it and it kills worms too.

  113. elizabeth harvie says:

    Didn’t know pumpkin seeds were effective as wormers just that my hens were eager for them As and for the cabbage kale family they have a hen potager full in winter to themselves It’s Dr Green and eggs taste wonderful

  114. Tranquil says:

    ORGANIC CHICKEN DE-WORMING AND PREVENTION

    August 28, 2015 · by Tyler Danke · in Care & Safety of PoultryIn the fall my main deworming treatment is very, very simple and easy. I feed my chickens pumpkins and winter squash. Pumpkins and winter squash are in season then, so they are easy to find. A pumpkin is a perfect holistic worm treatment. Pumpkin seeds are coated with a natural phytochemical called cucurbitacin. Cucurbitacin is very effective at making worms release their hold on the membranes of the digestive system. The roughage of the rest of the seed then helps scrape the worms out of the system. The orange flesh and stringy pulp of pumpkin and squash also contain high levels of vitamin A and C, which are known for preventing parasites. The whole pumpkin or squash is also full of other nutrients that will boost your birds’ immune systems and help effectively eliminate the worms. If the pumpkin has started to rot and ferment a bit, it can even help replenish and strengthen the probiotics or good bacteria of the intestinal tract. Pumpkins and squash also keep well into the winter – so you can keep treating your chickens throughout the winter with a delicious treat.

  115. John Youngblood says:

    IT DOESN’T WORK FOR THE WORMS EGGS AND LARVAE STILL INCUBATING IN THE CHICKEN, SORRY FOR TRUTH. LOL

  116. Nickie says:

    I used to work for. A man who owned cattle an that was my job one day busting up pumpkins to give to them ? best day ever

  117. Julie says:

    Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitacin which naturally paralyzes and rids your dog of intestinal worms, including tapeworms.

  118. Fowl Cajun Lady says:

    I never worm my chickens, and have never had a worm problem! However, I do give my chickens, ducks and geese, pumkin every year while in season. Plus all types of melons in summer months.

  119. Linda Corbin says:

    It’s true, I fed to my chickens all the time, theyoved it.

  120. bruce says:

    I ground pumpkin seeds shelled and all and mixed it with canned cat food for some kittens. Success!!

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