Pumpkins for chickens


11 Years
Jun 24, 2008
West Virginia
My chickens just love when I throw a pumpkin in the run. I had a lot of small volunteer pumpkins grow out of my compost pile, so when one gets a little soft, I give it to the chickens. It is like watching chicken soccer. They run after it and peck it all over. By the end of the day there is not much left. I sure hope this is okay for them to eat. I just keep thinking that pumpkins are high in vitamins, so it must be good! Plus, I think it keeps them entertained all day. Any thoughts?
I have given mine pumpkin before as well as a variety of squash so i don't see a problem, They love treats
I fully intend to do just that. Nothing like free chicken food.

I'm also thinking of posting flyers offering to accept unwanted Hallowe'en pumpkins. The ones that haven't been carved up make tasty Pumpkin Loaf.
I offered two small (as in ittybitty) pumpkins to my spoiled girls yesterday- and after they figured out it wasnt a tomato, they were not interested.
They also do not like the corn in their scratch. Only the oats.
I understood when I had one spoiled chicken, but I don't understand how nine can be so picky.
This was kind of funny to me- my chickens are the opposite- they eat the corn and not the oats- too bad we don't live closer or we would have a great solution to the problem...lol.

I do buy just the cracked corn now, but I am trying to use up a 25 lb bag of scratch grains (with the oats and all in it). I try to sneak it in with mostly cracked corn, but the little buggers still only pick out the cracked corn.

Mine are picky eaters also. I can't wait to at least try pumpkin now that fall is here.

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mine didnt go crazy over at all
,, i went and bought 7 for the birds,,, my pheasants and peafowl just looked at them,, and my chickens ate it,, but it wasnt like a mouse or cricket,, or even like when they get table scraps every night.
my birds are a little "challenged" i think......

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