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Can Chickens eat pumpkin

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My son carved a big pumpkin last night and now we have a pan full of pumpkin meat and the seeds.  Can chickens eat this or will it hurt them?  I was just wanting to find out before I give it to them.  Thanks for any info.
Chris

post #2 of 48

go for it ... its a favorite of my girls. It's funny to watch them go nuts over it.

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post #3 of 48

Pumpkin seeds and pulp are a natural wormer. I fed my girls till they almost popped.

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post #4 of 48
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Thanks I will try it and see if they like it. 
Chris

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The seeds need to be cracked open in order for them to do the most good for worming!!

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post #6 of 48

We carved our pumpkin last night too.  My chickens were chasing each other around the barn trying to steal each other's pumpkin seeds at 5:00 this morning!

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post #7 of 48

The chickens seem to have a good time hollowing out a pumpkin. I put a rather large whole one in the coop once with a small starter hole for them. It was fun to watch them burrow into it and scrape it clean of pulp with the resulting thin skin collapsing down on top of one very suprised bird.

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post #8 of 48

They sure do love them!  Mine have gotten many different varieties of squash this year, which they've absolutely loved.  They like the ooey-gooey innards best!  I throw the pumpkin seeds & goo in my food processor to break up the seeds for them.

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Just for fun:  First & second generation "olive eggers," and a few ducks - Welsh Harlequin, Black Swedish, Black Runner.

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post #9 of 48

We only have pumpkins. I still have a few more to carve today. I gave the chickens alot and kept alot of seeds for myself. Most of them are in my tummy. Salted and baked big_smile


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post #10 of 48

I'm glad someone asked me, but if ya think about it, if the little coooks get in your garden they are gonna help themself to some good ole punkins!

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