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feeding pumpkin to chickens?

post #1 of 61
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Hi!
I've read that chickens love pumpkin.  So far my chickens have been indifferent.  Do you cook your pumpkins before giving them to the chickens so they are soft or just cut them in half and plop them out in the coop with the girls?
Thanks!

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the girls still want to sit on my head ^^ there just to big for it now
~chicken math- if only the rest of the world would use it!~
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post #2 of 61

I brought home a large pumpkin that had a couple of soft spots in it last Friday.  I didn't even bother to cut it open, just plopped it out in the chicken pen.  The chickens worked on it, starting with the soft spots, all weekend.  There is not a trace of the pumpkin left.  Kept them busy, that's for sure!

Single Mom to 2 grown children , 3 dogs , 1 cat , 1 Ball Python, 18 hens: 2 BA, 2 BO, 3 Ameraucana, 2 Dominique, 2 GLW, 1 SLB, 2 Welsummers, 2 BSL, 2 BR, 1 unintentional SLB roo, 1 GLW pullet, and 1 Ameraucana pullet.

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Single Mom to 2 grown children , 3 dogs , 1 cat , 1 Ball Python, 18 hens: 2 BA, 2 BO, 3 Ameraucana, 2 Dominique, 2 GLW, 1 SLB, 2 Welsummers, 2 BSL, 2 BR, 1 unintentional SLB roo, 1 GLW pullet, and 1 Ameraucana pullet.

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post #3 of 61

My girls LOVE pumpkins !!  I just cut them in half and give it to them.  They clean it right up !!

Kacey

 2 RIR, 4 BO's, 5 Delawares, 1 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 3 Red Sexlinks, 1 EE, 2 Cochins, 1 Dutch Banty , 5 white rocks, 7 mutt pullets, 4 mutt chicks, 1 dog, 5 cats, and a wonderful husband, who is so very tolerant.   

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 2 RIR, 4 BO's, 5 Delawares, 1 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 3 Red Sexlinks, 1 EE, 2 Cochins, 1 Dutch Banty , 5 white rocks, 7 mutt pullets, 4 mutt chicks, 1 dog, 5 cats, and a wonderful husband, who is so very tolerant.   

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post #4 of 61

Apparently some birds don't care for it, but every chicken I've ever had would scarf up pumpkins when ever they could.

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post #5 of 61

I'm going to try it this weekend, as they're calling for cold and rain, so it may be a boredom buster for them if they have to stay in.

mine have never tried it, and they're pretty indifferent about new things, sometimes it just takes a little while till they figure out what a treat they're getting, then it's:
wee   droolin  celebrate  ya

oh, and about cooking it, I'm sure it's personal preference but I would guess that the nutritional value is higher in uncooked. me, I'm not gonna bother cooking it for them JMHO


Edited by phaethona - 10/22/10 at 6:16am
post #6 of 61

Last year I fed my girls butternut squash and they wouldn't touch it so hubs microwaved it until soft then let it cool.  He brought it back out to them and they devoured it.  I guess they prefer cooked to raw.  roll

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1 white EE rooster
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2 Black Austrolorps, 2 Gold Laced Wyandottes, 4 Amberlinks, 1 Mallard Drake
1 white EE rooster
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Central Indiana
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post #7 of 61

My mom steams pumpkin for her birds all the time.  They love it!!  I do not have the time for that.  My birds will pick at a raw one but they would like it better cooked.

Rene' owned by, 3 toy poodles, 1 cats, 2 miniature Horse,  2 rabbit, & 16 chickens, 5 finches + 2 Diamond Doves!!!
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Rene' owned by, 3 toy poodles, 1 cats, 2 miniature Horse,  2 rabbit, & 16 chickens, 5 finches + 2 Diamond Doves!!!
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post #8 of 61

I just cut holes in the side of pumpkins and place them around the yard and they eat them up, no cooking needed.
http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e149/zazousemoon206/farm/DSC04546.jpg

“You can’t really begin to appreciate life until it has knocked you down a few times. You can’t really begin to appreciate love until your heart has been broken. And you can’t really begin to appreciate happiness until you’ve known sadness. Once you’ve walked through the valley, the view from the mountaintop is breathtaking"

 

 

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“You can’t really begin to appreciate life until it has knocked you down a few times. You can’t really begin to appreciate love until your heart has been broken. And you can’t really begin to appreciate happiness until you’ve known sadness. Once you’ve walked through the valley, the view from the mountaintop is breathtaking"

 

 

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post #9 of 61

I cut pumpkins into 1/4 (so no one can hog it all) and place it in several places around the run.. My chickens LOVE it...  no cooking and if I don't have a knife handy, I just drop it and it will bust into several pcs...  the seeds go first and then into pulp and the rind is the last to go..

Zazouse, You need to frame your picture =it's great... thanks for sharing.


Edited by Dixiedoodle - 10/22/10 at 7:08am
2 RIR, 2 BO, 1 BR,  4 true Ameraucanas, 2 Black Copper Marans  --looking to add a few SLW, GLW and Blue Copper Marans --Oh, the Chicken Math!!!
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2 RIR, 2 BO, 1 BR,  4 true Ameraucanas, 2 Black Copper Marans  --looking to add a few SLW, GLW and Blue Copper Marans --Oh, the Chicken Math!!!
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post #10 of 61

Great thread! I was thinking of giving mine one this weekend, might make intergrating easier!

Beth
Mama to 5 kids, 1 cat, 1 dog and 16 Chickens!
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Beth
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