Pumpkin seeds for young chickens?


In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 8, 2011
I'm sure you all get a lot of questions about pumpkin this time of year. I want to give the guts and seeds from my carved pumpkin to my girls, but are the seeds too big for 10 week old chicks? What age do they need to be to digest them?
They will eat them if they can. If they do eat them, they will be fine. I have served pumpkin seeds to 6 week old chicks but they couldn't eat them well. 8-10 weeks is when they really start to be able to eat the larger seeds.

They will need access to grit or free ranging to digest whole seeds.

I'd definitely serve them. They might be easier to eat, too, then the dried ones I was serving.
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I'll tell you now, for 10 week chicks giving them pumpkin seeds, no. They are to big. I have given them to my adults though, and the guts. They love them.
I haven't gotten around to carving my pumpkins yet so haven't offered them to the girls yet. Now thinking I may just give them the guts and roast the seeds for myself!

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