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How often can i give my chickens pumpkins

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 I have about 45 chickens and thought I would give them a pumpkin to peck at, well they went to town on it.  How often can I give them one? I feed them layer pellets and cracked cord, plus some greens or fruit almost every day as a treat before I collect the eggs.

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When I have grown pumpkins I just put them in one at a time.  After the first one it seems to take them longer and longer to finish one up.  Towards the end the pumpkins can sit there for quite a while till they are gone.  I would hold off giving them a lot of other extras at least at first till they slow down on the pumpkin, so the diet is more balanced.

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When I have grown pumpkins I just put them in one at a time.  After the first one it seems to take them longer and longer to finish one up.  Towards the end the pumpkins can sit there for quite a while till they are gone.  I would hold off giving them a lot of other extras at least at first till they slow down on the pumpkin, so the diet is more balanced.


This is what I do, too. Just dole them out and let them eat as they're interested. When they slow down, quit feeding the pumpkin for a week or so.

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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