Pumpkin Seed, Cayenne, & Wormwood Deworming Treat For Backyard Chickens!

Pumpkin Seed, Cayenne, & Wormwood Deworming Treat For Backyard Chickens!

If your chickens have worms, it can seriously derail their egg laying.


Worms (aka freeloaders) rob your hens of vital nutrients while making it more difficult to pass manure, and generally just trash the insides of your chickens – so you gotta get rid of them (and it doesn’t hurt to be proactive).


Unfortunately, because chickens walk around without shoes and socks on, they’re likely to be exposed to parasites more than we like.


There’s not really a good wormer on the market for chickens, although Ivermectin is considered safe and it’s definitely effective against worms in dogs, horses, pigs, etc.


But the problem with wormers, aside from the fact that we don’t really have great dosages for chickens, is that they have withdrawal periods, meaning you can’t eat their eggs for about 30 days (unless you want to get a mouthful of Ivermectin. If that’s your thing, then by all means, go for it).

Have a hen that loves treats? (Who doesn’t?!)

Yes, my hens love mealworms!

For those trying to raise their chickens organically, then of course pharmaceutical wormers aren’t ideal.


That’s why I developed this fun treat with ingredients that might help your hens expel those nasty critters and hopefully prevent them in the future.


Now bear in mind that with many of these ingredients, their effectiveness is merely anecdotal; there’s not a TON of studies to show whether pumpkin seeds, pepper, or herbs will truly leave your hen’s insides squeaky clean of freeloaders.


But I put these things into the category of “can’t hurt, might help,” and at the bare minimum, your hens will have fun eating the seeds and gobbling down garlic.


And that’s always a good thing!


You should also remember that treats aren’t a meaningful replacement for a quality layer feed that’s formulated to ensure your fluffy butts get all the vitamins and minerals necessary.


Treats should comprise about 10% of your flock’s diet, so feed treats just a few times a week, or daily in small amounts. I feed my hens the recipe below about once a month (and of course I feed other treats in between time!)


Pumpkin Seed, Cayenne, & Wormwood Deworming Treat For Backyard Chickens


Pumpkin Seed & Cranberry Deworming Treat For Backyard Chickens


Ingredients (per chicken)

½ c raw shelled pumpkin seeds

2-3 freeze dried or fresh cranberries

1 tsp cayenne pepper

½ cup kale

1 tsp fresh garlic

¼ cup wormwood (buy here)

¼ cup sunflower seeds (optional)



Multiply amounts of ingredients based off the amount of chickens you have. Mix all ingredients together and serve as a treat. Be sure to use raw, unsalted, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.


Pumpkin seeds are a popular folk remedy for preventing and curing worms, although it’s not really been studied in chickens.


There was one study done in mice that showed extracts from pumpkin seeds reduced the worm load when fed in 8 grams of pumpkin per 1 kg of animal weight.  


There’s also been studies that showed pumpkin seed oil is good for the urinary tract in humans and might help against tapeworms.


At a bare minimum, chickens love pumpkin seeds, so they’ll enjoy gobbling them down. It’s also important to note that an all-seed diet can cause Vitamin A deficiency, which might cause bumblefoot, so don’t only feed your chickens seeds.


The other main ingredient in this recipe, the cayenne pepper, has long been purported to help humans and animals get rid of worms. The reasoning behind it is that the worms don’t like a chemical constituent in peppers – Capsaicin – and it causes them to detach from their hosts, and chickens can then poop the worms out. This breaks the lifecycle of the worms.


Again, evidence it works to expel worms in chickens is limited, although it has been studied in rats.


Wormwood has long been used as a remedy to prevent and treat worms since nearly as long as humans have been around.


During the middle ages, it was the go-to cure because worms find the herb bitter, and choose to not stick around.


It’s also the “active ingredient” in some herbal wormers you’ll find on the market.


Garlic is never a bad thing for chickens, and it’s been shown to help living creatures be healthier and have better immune systems. Parasites also object to the smell and spiciness of garlic, so it’s possible it’ll help your flock stay worm-free as well.


If you want to prevent worms in your chickens, making sure their surroundings are clean and moisture free is a good place to start. A healthy diet will help keep them in tip top condition so if they do get a parasite infestation, they have the energy to fight it off.


This treat is a great addition to any feeding plan out there, and you’re chickens will love it as much as mine do!

Have a hen who loves treats? (Who doesn’t?!)

Yes, my hens LOVE mealworms!


100+ Crazy Delicious Pickle Recipes You Can Make Practically For Free

100+ Crazy Delicious Pickle Recipes You Can Make Practically For Free

When your garden is in full swing, and you’re harvesting more than you can eat, what do you do?


Preserve your hard won vegetables of course!


Even if you shop at the farmer’s market, chances are, you won’t be able to pass up that great deal on cauliflower, radishes, and more, right?


Pickling your veggies is a way to preserve them that happens to also be crazy delicious. To help you out, here’s 101 pickle recipes for every vegetable from beats to watermelon rinds!


Pickled Beets

Quick Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets With Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey

Roasted Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets With Caraway

Pickled Beets With Dill

Paleo Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets with Cloves and Cumin

Pickled Beets with Red Wine

Pickled Beets & Fennel

Brussels Sprouts

Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Traditional Quick Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Refrigerator Brussels Sprouts Pickles

Hot Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Brine Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Zesty Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Pickled Sweet Brussels Sprouts



Pickled Dilly Carrots

Quick Pickled Carrots

Vinegar Pickled Carrots

Mexican Pickled Carrots

Vietnamese Pickled Carrots

Moroccan Style Pickled Carrots

Vietnamese Daikon Pickled Carrots

Spicy Garlic Carrot Pickles

Lacto Fermented Carrots

Canning Pickled Carrots

Mint Pickled Carrots

Pickled Carrots & Radishes

Ginger Pickled Carrots

Black Pepper & Cumin Pickled Carrots

Pickled Carrots With Garlic & Cumin

Five Spice Pickled Carrots

Spicy Pickled Carrots With Honey

Pickled Carrots With Dill & Serrano

Lemony Pickled Carrots



Pickled cauliflower

Curry Pickled Cauliflower

Lemony Pickled Cauliflower

Spicy Quick Pickled Cauliflower

Pickled Cauliflower With Hot Pepper & Cumin

Turmeric Ginger Pickled Cauliflower

Quick Pickled Purple Cauliflower



Quick pickled celery

Spicy pickled celery

Brine pickled celery

Super spicy pickled celery



Chipotle Pickled Eggs


Green Beans

Pickled Green Beans

Homemade Pickled Green Beans & Carrots

Spicy Pickled Green Beans

Hot & Quick Pickled Green Beans

Overnight Pickled Green Beans

Spicy Pickled Dilly Beans

Sweet Pickled Green Beans

Lemon Rosemary Pickled Green Beans

Dill & Garlic Green Bean Pickles

Bloody Mary Pickled Green Beans

Spicy Cajun Pickled Green Beans & Carrots

Garlic Pickled Dilly Beans

Tarragon Pickled Green Beans



Pickled Jalapenos



Quick Pickled Onions

Yucatan Style Quick Pickled Onions

Old Fashioned Pickled Onions

Instant Pickled Onions

Lacto Fermented Onions

Citrus Pickled Onions

Traditional British Pub Style Pickled Onions

Italian Roasted Pickled Onions

Balsamic Vinegar Pickled Onions

Asian-Style Pickled Onions

Grandma’s Pickled Onions

Wine Pickled Onions

English Pickled Onions

10 Minute Red Pickled Onions

Pickled Onions With Lime Juice



Sugar Snap Pea Pickles



Sweet Pickled Peppers

Sweet Pickled Banana Peppers

Whole Pickled Snacking Peppers

Pickled Garlicky Red Peppers

Sweet & Spicy Pickled Peppers

Mildly Spicy Pickled Peppers

Jamaican Hot Pickled Peppers

Char Roasted Pickled Peppers

Pa’s Pickled Pepper Recipe

Hot Pickled Pepper Relish



Spicy Quick Pickled Radishes

Fermented Pickled Radishes

Bread & Butter Pickled Radishes

Pickled Korean Radishes

Sugar Free Pickled Radishes



Mexican Pickled Tomatillos



Russian Pickled Watermelon Rinds

Pickled Watermelons

Pickled Watermelon Rind with Jalapenos and Ginger

Pickled Watermelon Radishes

Quick Pickled Watermelon

Vinegar Pickled Watermelon Rind


I’d like to hear from you!

What’s your favorite pickle recipe? Leave a comment below!