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Probably a little late to post this, but I did take my Jack O'Lanterns that we carved and filled them with some goodies like corn, sunflower seeds and mealworms in them and let my girls go at them.  easy entertainment for the girls.  Just a side note, you might want to add another hole to the gourd if you didn't give it a very big mouth.  

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Probably a little late to post this, but I did take my Jack O'Lanterns that we carved and filled them with some goodies like corn, sunflower seeds and mealworms in them and let my girls go at them.  easy entertainment for the girls.  Just a side note, you might want to add another hole to the gourd if you didn't give it a very big mouth.  


My girls consider pumpkins as yard art and just walk past them as if they were just scenery.  Not a one was curious enough to check out pumpkin. In the past I tried cutting up raw pumpkin, cooked pumpkin, whole pieces, mashed pieces, Jack O'Lantern pumpkins, whole pumpkins with a small hole to get their curiosity up - NOTHING!  I can understand one or two chickens that might not take interest, but the entire flock ignored pumpkins as if they were just an ornament in the yard.  Yet my friend's penned up hens went wild for raw cut up Jack O'Lanterns - go figure?

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My girls consider pumpkins as yard art and just walk past them as if they were just scenery.  Not a one was curious enough to check out pumpkin. In the past I tried cutting up raw pumpkin, cooked pumpkin, whole pieces, mashed pieces, Jack O'Lantern pumpkins, whole pumpkins with a small hole to get their curiosity up - NOTHING!  I can understand one or two chickens that might not take interest, but the entire flock ignored pumpkins as if they were just an ornament in the yard.  Yet my friend's penned up hens went wild for raw cut up Jack O'Lanterns - go figure?

Chickens are funny critters.  

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Chickens are funny critters.  

Weird thing I guess they know which pumpkins are good and which are bad. A friend gave us a pumpkin from Halloween decor, I cut it in half and gave it to them they totally ignored it. We got some pumpkins from an organic patch that we also use for decor cut it in half and tossed to them, they devoured it so fast. Go figure?!!
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Probably a little late to post this, but I did take my Jack O'Lanterns that we carved and filled them with some goodies like corn, sunflower seeds and mealworms in them and let my girls go at them.  easy entertainment for the girls.  Just a side note, you might want to add another hole to the gourd if you didn't give it a very big mouth.  
I like this idea. We don't do Halloween anymore so no carved pumpkins left over. But I've been buying pumpkins for my tortoises. They are almost ready to hibernate, but think I'll try this. Do you hang the pumpkin or just set it on the coop floor? Cant remember if they like the taste of pumpkins but they might be interested if they figure out it is filled with scratch or dried mealworms. I've been thinking about how to offer my chickens some entertainment too.
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Chickens are funny critters.  

Agreed!

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Weird thing I guess they know which pumpkins are good and which are bad. A friend gave us a pumpkin from Halloween decor, I cut it in half and gave it to them they totally ignored it. We got some pumpkins from an organic patch that we also use for decor cut it in half and tossed to them, they devoured it so fast. Go figure?!!

I'm thinking certain treats/produce/feed is seasonal with chickens.  During hot weather my girls scarcely eat cooked yams and sweet potatoes.  In colder Fall/Winter weather they can't devour the squashes fast enough whether from the store OR from my friend's organic crop.  Organic pumpkins from her garden are STILL ignored by my chickens!

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I like this idea. We don't do Halloween anymore so no carved pumpkins left over. But I've been buying pumpkins for my tortoises. They are almost ready to hibernate, but think I'll try this. Do you hang the pumpkin or just set it on the coop floor? Cant remember if they like the taste of pumpkins but they might be interested if they figure out it is filled with scratch or dried mealworms. I've been thinking about how to offer my chickens some entertainment too.

I just set one in the coop, and had another one outside in the pen.  They actually ended up with 3 pumpkins, as I carved one and my girlfriend carved 2, and then brought them over here for disposal.  I guess you could hang them up as well.  Might have to remember that thought for next year.  

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I like this idea. We don't do Halloween anymore so no carved pumpkins left over. But I've been buying pumpkins for my tortoises. They are almost ready to hibernate, but think I'll try this. Do you hang the pumpkin or just set it on the coop floor? Cant remember if they like the taste of pumpkins but they might be interested if they figure out it is filled with scratch or dried mealworms. I've been thinking about how to offer my chickens some entertainment too.
I just set one in the coop, and had another one outside in the pen.  They actually ended up with 3 pumpkins, as I carved one and my girlfriend carved 2, and then brought them over here for disposal.  I guess you could hang them up as well.  Might have to remember that thought for next year.  
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