I thought chickens loved pumpkins?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by alaskachick, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. alaskachick

    alaskachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Wasilla, Alaska
    I read that many of you were feeding your chickens pumpkins... so I went to town and bought 30 lbs of pumkins. I took one and broke in half and waited for them to run up and start scarfing it down. All 14 of them took a smell or taste and then turned away in disgust. They never took another look at the pumkin. A few days later I removed it from the chicken yard and threw it away in my compost pile. What up with that?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I haven't tried feeding fresh pumpkin to my chickens, but I do feed pumpkin seeds every day.

    Chickens are all different- personalities, food tastes, and likes and dislikes. Now you can tell everyone the next time there is a thread on feeding pumpkins that yours don't like them!
  3. elizabethlongwood

    elizabethlongwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2010
    longwood, florida
    I guess chickens have their own preferences. We gave our hens their first taste of pumpkin guts today when we carved our jack-o-lanterns, and they really seemed to like it. I have found though, that they are a little apprehensive with a new food when it's offered the first time, then they gobble it up the next time I give it to them. Maybe yours will like it next time?
  4. kjhowe77

    kjhowe77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2010
    Broome County, NY
    I gave mine pumpkin guts yesterday and they loved them.
  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Did you try baking it in the oven first to soften it up? Mine won't eat raw pumpkin, it's too hard, so I cut itopen and clean it out, then bake it at 350 for about a half a an hour. They will then pick at it all day down to the skin. The things we do for our chickens.....................
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Mine will not eat raw, but they love it baked. They also adore baked butternut squash.
  7. mboreham1

    mboreham1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2009
    Carmichael, CA
    same here, not raw, baked, they get the "left overs" after a pie making extraveganza!
  8. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Kentucky
    Most of our girls love raw pumpkin. We do cut it into smaller pieces about 4-6 inches square. The eat it like they do watermelon...right down to the rind!

  9. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    My chickens love it. They eat it down to a very thin rind. However, the Lone Roosters new girls that are in quarantine are pretty sure I am trying to kill them with some of the treats. They won't touch BOSS.....however the dried corn I boiled to soften....everyone loved it.

    Maybe someday their tasted will change.
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My adult birds don't like pumpkin either. They'll scarf up the seeds if I scoop them out for them, but leave the guts and meat alone.

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