Halloween & Pumpkins Can They Eat Them???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by thereverend, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. thereverend

    thereverend In the Brooder

    May 15, 2010
    Can chickens eat pumpkins? After Halloween can i feed them the pumpkins
    from the yard. The jack O' Lanterns?

  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    YES. Remove any wax from candles, though...

    They LOVE pumpkins, and they for sure love pumpkin guts!
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I am not disagreeing with gryeyes AT ALL, but my adult flock won't touch pumpkin. Go ahead and offer it to them.
  4. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Mine aren't keen on it either. Whats up with that? [​IMG]
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Apparently some birds won't eat pumpkin, but I've yet to have a bird that wouldn't scarf up any sort of squash/pumpkin they could get if I chopped them up for them.
  6. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    I wouldn't give them to your girls if you tried to preserve the lantern - some people use bleach or vaseline.

    Fresh pumpkin however - YUM!! Mine go nuts for it!
  7. Karens62

    Karens62 In the Brooder

    Feb 10, 2010
    Marion, NC
    My girls are attacking one right now. I cut a couple 2inch holes on opposite sides and they are eating it inside out. [​IMG]
  8. bgelber

    bgelber Songster

    Jul 24, 2009
    Athens, al
    My girls love it. Plus if there is anything left the next day I put water in it and watch the ducks go to town. They love the "pumpkin juice" as I call it.
  9. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Mine enjoy them every year! If it is a carved pumpkin I just put it in as is, soon there will be nothing left. I cut a whole pumpkin in halves or quarters, it too disappears quickly. I have also read that the seeds act as a dewormer.
  10. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

    Apr 19, 2009
    Quote:Only if you can keep them from eating them before then. [​IMG]

    Seriously, mine have gone through 6 different pumpkins (and squashes) already. [​IMG] The geese get them started and the chickens finish them off.

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