Chicken Worming – the organic and low cost treatment

5 Jun
Its that time of the month ladies!

Its that time of month ladies!

“It’s that time of the month ladies” my 3 year old son calls out as we pour a fresh batch of worming mash into the chicken’s food bowl. I taught him to say that and I think it sounds so hilarious – he has no idea what he is saying!

We worm our chickens monthly with a home-grown and homemade recipe of de-worming mash. I found the recipe in an edition of the Organic Gardener Magazine a few years ago and every month I fumble through edition after edition trying to find the recipe. I’m hoping that by launching it into cyberspace I may now be able to find it at the tip of my fingers.

The recipe is so simple and if you grow the ingredients in your garden it’s practically free. It’s also free from chemicals so you can continue to eat the chicken eggs even after a fresh batch of worming.

According to Poultry Guru, Paul Healy, garlic, chillies and carrots are essential ingredients in preventing worms as they are a natural vermifuge, a plant that naturally helps expel intestinal worms.

It is recommended that you worm your flock every month as the mash purges them out of the body every four weeks before they get the chance to establish and begin shedding eggs.

**The mash is best served every four weeks on the last weekend before each full moon.

The chickens absolutely love this mix and will gobble it up in a flash.

Here is the recipe for the worming mash…

Serves 3 Chickens

Chicken Worming Mash

Chicken worming mash, heat, mix and serve


300ml Whole Milk
1/2 a head of Garlic, crushed (added to the milk as soon as it is crushed)
1 Hot Chilli (finely chopped)
1/2 tsp Ground Paprika
1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
1 Carrot (grated)
300 grams layers mash/pellets or your own feed.

Heat the milk and crushed garlic with the chilli, paprika and turmeric.

Warm the mix to a serving heat for porridge and then let stand overnight.

At dawn warm again then mix with 300 grams of layers mix or your own chicken feed and mix in the grated carrot.


XX Sarah

6 Responses to “Chicken Worming – the organic and low cost treatment”

  1. Tillie Priestley June 5, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Thanks so much for this very practical post Sarah. I really have to get on to this and will have to put a reminder on my calendar to do it monthly. Do you think I could use chilli flakes instead of fresh chilli?

  2. Sarah Correa June 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi Tillie,
    Let me first just state for the record that I am certainly not the authority on worming, however, from the research I have done the garlic and the carrots are the biggest weapon against worms. It seams that the chilli is an immune booster (amongst many other things) and a lot of people simply use garlic in the water to worm chickens. So, I reckon it would be fine to use chilli flakes as the next best thing.
    XX Sarah

  3. Brigid Mccrea October 25, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

    Can you please explain the mode of action that this mixture has on the worms in the gut?

  4. Shona March 30, 2019 at 10:42 am #

    Hi was so excited to try you recipe for worming
    My chickens won’t even give it a try haha
    Perhaps it will help repel the mosquitoes

  5. Lisa February 1, 2020 at 6:44 am #

    I know that garlic works for round worms. Any other proof of efficacy?

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