feeding pumpkin to chickens?

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In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 13, 2010
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Hi!
I've read that chickens love pumpkin. So far my chickens have been indifferent. Do you cook your pumpkins before giving them to the chickens so they are soft or just cut them in half and plop them out in the coop with the girls?
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WisconsinChickenWhisperer

Songster
9 Years
Jul 25, 2010
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I brought home a large pumpkin that had a couple of soft spots in it last Friday. I didn't even bother to cut it open, just plopped it out in the chicken pen. The chickens worked on it, starting with the soft spots, all weekend. There is not a trace of the pumpkin left. Kept them busy, that's for sure!
 

phaethona

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Apr 13, 2010
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Missouri
I'm going to try it this weekend, as they're calling for cold and rain, so it may be a boredom buster for them if they have to stay in.

mine have never tried it, and they're pretty indifferent about new things, sometimes it just takes a little while till they figure out what a treat they're getting, then it's:
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oh, and about cooking it, I'm sure it's personal preference but I would guess that the nutritional value is higher in uncooked. me, I'm not gonna bother cooking it for them JMHO
 
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Siler

Songster
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Jan 25, 2010
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Central Indiana
Last year I fed my girls butternut squash and they wouldn't touch it so hubs microwaved it until soft then let it cool. He brought it back out to them and they devoured it. I guess they prefer cooked to raw.
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PhlyinPheBee

Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!
10 Years
Mar 11, 2009
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My mom steams pumpkin for her birds all the time. They love it!! I do not have the time for that. My birds will pick at a raw one but they would like it better cooked.
 

Dixiedoodle

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Apr 14, 2007
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I cut pumpkins into 1/4 (so no one can hog it all) and place it in several places around the run.. My chickens LOVE it... no cooking and if I don't have a knife handy, I just drop it and it will bust into several pcs... the seeds go first and then into pulp and the rind is the last to go..

Zazouse, You need to frame your picture =it's great... thanks for sharing.
 
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