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is butternut squash ok to give to the girls?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by veronica2368, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. veronica2368

    veronica2368 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have some butternut and some acorn squash and i was wondering if it iso k to give to the hens. if so ...do we need to cook it first? and are the seeds ok?
    thanks a bunch
    veronica
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You bet, raw or cooked, preferably unsalted. Mine won't touch it raw, but love it cooked.
     
  3. annrich

    annrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine take the squash right out of the garden. They love the ones I didn't harvest. When I let them out to free range thats were they go first. Everyone is still healthy. So my advice is let 'em at it.
     
  4. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2007
    Massachusetts
    I just threw my girls some acorn squash seeds today! I cooked them first for us and scooped the seeds out for them. The pumpkins I just break in half and lay them out raw and they eat all in insides. My daughter works at a feed store so I tell her to bring home the pumpkins that are broken etc. She just told me yesterday on her day off they threw out about 20 of them! I was :thun..... My chickens would have had a feast and they store well a good long time so I can give them some pumpkin throughout the winter.
     
  5. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    I've never seen mine eat it raw, but they happily clean up whatever is left over from supper - anything in the squash family will do, but they really like spaghetti squash.
     
  6. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There were a couple of immatures left in the garden when I turned the girls in .... they didn't last long. the rest are

    MINE, ALL MINE, MINE I TELL YOU ALL MINE

    perhaps to share with DH a bit but basically

    MINE, ALL MINE![​IMG]
     
  7. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
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    You sound like me when the asparagus comes up in the spring!
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Asparagus? MINE all MINE [​IMG]
    I planted seed 4 years ago for a HUGE patch [​IMG]
     
  9. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    Hee, hee!
     
  10. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2007
    Massachusetts
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