can chickens eat gourds?

digitS'

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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
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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
 

saladin

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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.
 

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