Do you feed PUMPKINS to your chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sunny Side Up, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I do. At this time of year there are a few churches in the area selling pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns outside in their yards. For just a few dollars I can get several bruised/broken pumpkins at once that I crack open to give to my chickens. I just crack them open with a shovel and leave them in their runs.

    The chickens like the strings & the seeds the best, but they'll continue to peck at the flesh until just a thin outer rind remains. If it starts to go bad before they're through I'll just toss it into the compost bin & crack them another.

    If you're concerned with critters coming around at night attracted to the pumpkins, you can stash them in a plastic bag or garbage can away from the chicken pens. I try to keep my birds in pumpkin as long as this season lasts.
  2. I've been feeding pumpkin in small amounts, too, they like to strip seeds then start on the soft bits. It's a good way to get them inside at dusk, too.
  3. cravenchicken

    cravenchicken In the Brooder

    Oct 7, 2008
    I have got my first chick over the weekend ( I am unsure the breed at the moment). I did not know they would eat more then chicken food bugs and stuff..
    I am going to get a full grown one next weekend along with a pumpkin now [​IMG]
  4. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Don't know about pumpkin but mine sure attacked my pomegranite bush while I was gone!
  5. jackiedon

    jackiedon Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    My chickens, turkeys, ducks all love pumpkins.

  6. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    And pumpkin seeds being a natural wormer is a plus![​IMG]
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    The other day when we were in walmart I saw a sign on the front of the box of pie pumpkins that said 78 cents. I did not see the tiny little "per pound" that walmart likes to sneak in. I should have known better, but that day I had my head up my ****.
    I asked my SO if we would buy my chickens one. He said sure. At the register that tiny little pie pumpkin came to $4.89! I coulda bought them a huge jack-o-lantern for that price! My SO insisted on going ahead and buying it.
    Make a long story short, they ate the seeds and walked away. After the rest of the pumpkin sat in the yard all day I secretly fed it to the cows.
    Their freshly prepared bowls of oatmeal are cooling on the counter right now. They'll never get another pumpkin!
  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    That's why I like getting the discards from the pumpkin stands. It helps me because they don't cost so much, and it helps them because they don't have pumpkins going to waste & smelling up their lot. Some of the churches will give me these pumpkins, but I like to at least give them a few $$$ to help their cause.

    I also give the chickens the pumpkin insides we scoop out of our own jack-o-lantern, and then give them the shell when we're done with it.
  9. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    I love this time of year! I pick apples up off of the ground and feed them to the pigs, chickens and goats and pony. The chickens love tomatoes from the garden too.
    We grew pumpkins this year and we do the same thing. Break the pumpkin open and let the chickens have at it. I cut pumpkins up into cubes for the pigs and the goats have a ball with a whole one. They manage to chew a hole into it and eat everything but the skin.
    Save some seeds and plant them next year. Pumpkins are easy to grow and the livestock loves them!
  10. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Sounds like a great idea, I never thought of that. I am always looking for good heathly ways to cut my feed bill down. I may even put in a pumpkin patch down in a soggy bottom in the back pasture. makes sense to me, thanks for the tip.

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