can chickens eat gourds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by silkie33, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. silkie33

    silkie33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a lot of extra gourds. I know the chickens like squash and pumpkins. Does anyone know if its safe for them to eat gourds?
     
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bottle gourd is Lagenaria siceraria. It is a calabash. Some calabash gourds are eaten as food. In Italy, it is known as "cucuzza."

    Luffa is a gourd, Luffa aegyptiaca. Yes, you can make it into a sponge when it is fully mature but I've eaten the young fruit, myself [​IMG].

    The Turk's Turban gourd is a Cucurbita maxima. That means it is the same species as Hubbard and Buttercup squash.

    I think that any of these should be safe for chicken. At least, they are eaten by millions of people.

    Steve
     
  3. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens love gourds; especially when young and tender. They'll eat everything: seeds included.

    I grow Zucca and Bushel Basket gourds just for chicken feed.
     
  4. silkie33

    silkie33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your replies.
     
  5. TammyTootles

    TammyTootles Out Of The Brooder

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    I am growing ornimentail gourds....are they safe for my chickens to eat?
     

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