Don't forget to feed chicks your pumpkins

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NewHobbyForMe, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. NewHobbyForMe

    NewHobbyForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls loved the pumpkins this morning. I only got 6 pumpkins from the garden but at least the chickens enjoyed them. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    We carved six jack-o-lanterns this year, and I put the guts in ziploc bags in the fridge so I can feed over the next few days.

    I'll hit the pumkin patches in a few days and see what I can get at a steep discount too!
     
  3. susilyne

    susilyne New Egg

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    oh wow, I didn't think of feeding the pumpkins to the girls. Do they just eat the "guts" or can they eat the meat also. I'm so excited. Since our garden is out of season the girls have had slim pickens on the treats:)
     
  4. schmije

    schmije Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls love pumpkin guts, but they eat the seeds whole. Is this ok?

    They love the meat as well. They've really done a number on the jack-o-lanterns on the front porch. LOL!
     
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  5. NewHobbyForMe

    NewHobbyForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just cut them in half and let the chicks have at it. Even the young chicks a month old enjoyed. They ate around most of the seeds. The seeds are so soft, they will be fine.
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  6. NickB79

    NickB79 New Egg

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    We just bought a house 3 weeks ago and the previous owners gave us their flock. They also left a few spaghetti squash in the garden. Cut in half and left in their run, the chickens just hollowed them out to the rind! I'll have to remember to grow a big patch of them next year just for the birds.
     
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, they love them and you get great color in the yolks..

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  8. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    The "meat" is the best part!

    Be careful with throwing "used" jack-o-lanterns out there, though. They get moldy fast.

    I only feed the leftovers from the carving, and I'll go back to the patch now that Haloween is over and get as many bargain pumpkins as I can. The small "pie" pumpkins keep very well; just cut them in half and put in the run.
     

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