Are pumpkins & apples okay for Golden Comet chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ttbkremer, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. ttbkremer

    ttbkremer Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 7, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Is it okay to feed our Golden Comet chickens pumpkins and apples? Is there anything that we should not give our chickens?
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2008
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Any kind of chicken will enjoy either snack, though it takes some individuals longer to figure out that it's edible than it does for others.
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Go easy on the amount of any fruit, though, sugar level is high...I feed both, and cabbage, pear, berries, squash, whatever comes from the garden...[​IMG]
  4. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2008
    South Central PA
    Chickens usually LOVE pumpkin. It takes mine a week or more to polish one off, but the do eat it; in fact the chicks love it even more. I just crack one open by throwing it up in the air and pull it apart so they can get at it. Fruit is okay in moderation, though mine don't prefer apples.
  5. TurtleChick

    TurtleChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2007
    Tacoma, WA
    mine LOVE the seeds in any kind of squash (they had pumpkin at halloween and i get free acorn squash pretty frequently at our produce market)... and then they'll eventually eat the flesh, too. i gave them some apple the other day and they were wishy-washy about it. eventually ate it, but not with great enthusiasm. now that i think about it, they don't get really excited about any fruit - they don't like banana, either - take a few bites and then run around wiping their beaks off. they adore broccoli and cabbage - any kind of greens gets them excited. [​IMG]

    as far as what not to feed them, there's a great treat chart... is it at the top of the feeding/watering list??? i'll look in a minute. at the bottom are things not to feed.

    eta: der, if i'd looked UP i'd have seen it. it's in the "learning center" at the top of any page you're looking at. then you look at the "treat chart".
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2008
  6. gretchenhau

    gretchenhau Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2008
    Lebanon Ohio
    cantalope and watermelon are my comets fav treat. They will do the chickden dance for melon.
  7. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2008
    Punta Gorda, FL
    Quote:All of my chickens love apples and pears. And grapes.... forget about having any peace at all if they see you with grapes. I tried the cantalope and seeds and they didn't want any part of it - too gooey, I think. Ditto on the banana. Too sticky.
    I give them an apple several times a week, cut up. It is gone in seconds. Especially in winter.
  8. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine can demolish a banana in 10 seconds. I've learned to cut it up and spread it around lest they not stop with banana and go at each other! [​IMG]
  9. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2008
    South Central PA
    Mine demolish cantaloupe like they do oatmeal.
  10. nailjack

    nailjack Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 29, 2008
    I have an apple tree above the coop, and I am sure they ate there fair share. I'd watch them demolish an apple in minutes.

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