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Best Way to Feed Chickens Zucchini / Squash ?

post #1 of 18
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Well, it's that season again -- time for the overgrown zucchini and squash.  You know, those pesky fruits that hide themselves behind big leaves or stems until they are absolutely HUGE and far past their prime for human consumption.


I have always heard that chickens will enjoy those overgrown squash and zucchini.


But how is the best way to serve it to them?


Do you split it in half and let them peck the contents out of the halves? 


Or do you dice up the raw vegetables into bite size pieces?



Or do you cook the stuff before you give it to them.


Please advise...

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Barry is father to 21 hens, 3 cockerels, 2 cats and a currently unknown number of babies born today, Nov 10, 2011!
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post #2 of 18

Usually we just slice them in half (long ways) and let them have at it.

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Please help with Egg Color Chart!

The Flock : 1 BA/EE hen, and Red (EE Rooster), 2 3/4 EE/1/4 BA hens, 1 EE/CM hen, 1 Brown Leghorn hen, 1 Brown Leghorn Rooster (hopefully leaving soon) and a mixed breed bantam hen

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post #3 of 18

ditto, slice longways and throw them in the run and get out of the way!

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Shelly, child of God, Wife to Scott, mother to three beautiful daughters, one bunny, 15 hens and 4 baby chicks!
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post #4 of 18

Stand back, chicken frenzy coming! I bet they'll love it!

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post #5 of 18

Something I have done with the over sized Zucchini is make a stuffed dinner. I make a spicy spanish rice with tomatos,onion, bell peppers, rice and hamburger. I slice the zucchini long ways and score the skin then hallow it out and stuff it. I bake it for about an hour then top with cheese. Whatever is left microwaves well.
That was before I had chickens. Now they will get some too.  wink

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post #6 of 18

Just take care to make sure the halves land cut face up or they can't get at them.

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft veggie garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australops (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 16 guinea fowl. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school...



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I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft veggie garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australops (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 16 guinea fowl. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school...



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post #7 of 18

I throw mine raw into the food processor and then serve it up to the girls,  they are just a tad bit spoiled.

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5 Speckled Sussex Pullets & 5 unknown sex/lineage buff colors chicks from down the street and the cutest little chihuahua on the planet.

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post #8 of 18

cut them in half and get the camera ready!

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post #9 of 18

I spoil my younguns , I cook till tender after cutting the long way, cool and feed.  My chicks are only 8 weeks so I still spoil them alot.  gloria Jean

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  Love 1 hb,,  my children, many grands, one spoiled rotten cat,  mtns, chicks, crochet, lots of friends. My hens and a few sweet roos      NPIP 55928
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post #10 of 18

I have 2 Buffs, 2 Rhode Island Reds, and 2 Silver Wyndots. They will be ready to start laying eggs around August. They love raw carrots and cooked peas. I just gave them cut up zucchini squash (Raw), hope that is ok. According to what I just read, they really enjoy it.

 

Thanks! From Mapleton, Oregon

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