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Best Way to Feed Chickens Zucchini / Squash ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Barry Natchitoches, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2008
    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...
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Usually we just slice them in half (long ways) and let them have at it.
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  3. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    ditto, slice longways and throw them in the run and get out of the way!
  4. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    Stand back, chicken frenzy coming! I bet they'll love it!
  5. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    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. [​IMG]
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Just take care to make sure the halves land cut face up or they can't get at them.
  7. Peeps38655

    Peeps38655 Out Of The Brooder

    May 25, 2011
    Oxford, MS
    I throw mine raw into the food processor and then serve it up to the girls, they are just a tad bit spoiled.
  8. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    cut them in half and get the camera ready!
  9. crazyhen

    crazyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    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
  10. Mathilda

    Mathilda New Egg

    Jul 25, 2012
    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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