Why pump­kin seeds are yet to be proven

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Pump­kin seeds have some nu­tri­tional value for poul­try, but the jury is still out on whether they work to pre­vent par­a­site bur­dens.

Dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of pump­kin have seeds which con­tain vary­ing amounts of amino acids which may have an­thelmintic prop­er­ties. One of them, cur­cur­biticin, tested in-vitro (in test tubes in a lab) was ef­fec­tive at killing round and tape­worms. Some field tests in ru­mi­nants have shown mixed re­sults.

There is no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence to show that pump­kin seeds work as a de-wormer. We can­not find any test­ing that has been done in poul­try.

Lev­els of amino acids in seeds varies, de­pend­ing on the va­ri­ety of pump­kin, and how it is grown. Sci­en­tists don’t know what spe­cific amino acid (or a mix of them) is ef­fec­tive, or what would be needed to suc­cess­fully treat an an­i­mal.

Pump­kin seeds won’t hurt your birds. Chop them us­ing a knife or food pro­ces­sor to aid birds with di­ges­tion.

How­ever, they are not a proven de­wormer.

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