Pumpkins?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sabrinainmiss, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. Sabrinainmiss

    Sabrinainmiss Out Of The Brooder

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    O.K. I have seen the pumpkins are now hitting the stores and I know they are good for chickens, but my question is what type of pumpkin or does it matter? Will any type of pumpkin do?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I think any type of pumpkin will do. I think the good part for the worming thing are the seeds. Haven't tried but I bet someone who has can answer better.
     
  3. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't remember the details, but yes, its the seeds that are most beneficial. The rest is just a treat. :)
     
  4. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    So you just cut open a pumpkin and throw it in the coop, like watermelon? I can't wait to try this with my chickens. Thanks![​IMG]
     
  5. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's it. Although, avoid halfs. Ours do their scratch-scratch routine, flip it upside down, and then can't figure out how to get to the inside anymore. oops!
     
  6. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    Quote:Oh no! Thanks for letting me know, I'll be sure to give pieces they can manage.
     
  7. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I buy pumpkin seeds at our co-op store, they call them pepitas. Delicious to eat, and I put them in my home made granola. I wish they were not so expensive, too much $ for chicken treats. I will watch for sales on pumpkins after halloween though!
     
  8. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or you do like mine, fly over the fence into the garden and peck right through the pumkin to get to the inside. Oh yes. Good thing I really like my chickens.
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Some of our supermarkets give away their left over pumpkins after haloween... and their bales of field grass!
     
  10. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Pumpkin seeds aren't too big for a chicken to swallow? Is that a crazy question? I feel like I read somewhere that you shouldn't give whole corn to a chicken, and I assumed that was because it was too big, but maybe there's another issue...?
     

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