by Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick.
We all have an interest in keeping our backyard chickens healthy and happy and making minor adjustments to various aspects of their care can have a significant impact on their health, egg production and longevity. Below are ten tips for improving the well-being of any flock.
2. Limit Treats
Pumpkins are packed with antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, minerals including copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus, dietary fiber and protein in the seeds. Pumpkin seeds contain 30 grams of protein per 100 grams of seeds.1 When pumpkins are in season, I make my flock “Peeps’ Pumpkin Pie,” for a vitamin-packed, nutritious treat. Unsupported claims propose feeding pumpkin seeds to chickens as a “natural dewormer,” however, there is no scientific evidenceanywhere to support the theory that pumpkin seeds are capable of deworming or reducing worm loads in chickens. As such, I do not rely on pumpkin seeds as a preventative measure or as a treatment option in my flock. I give my chickens pumpkins and pumpkin seeds simply because they’re nutritious and they enjoy them. I have a special “Peeps’ Pumpkin Pie” recipe that I make for them that they go nuts for!