Should the pumpkin seeds be cooked?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jerseygirl1, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been reading about the effects of pumpkins and seeds lately - should the pumpkins and seeds be cooked? It seems that if not, that the flesh and seeds may be too hard to peck at?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I see no reason to cook them; it is natural for birds to eat raw seeds. They might need to be shelled, though.

    Please don't count on pumpkin seeds to keep your flock worm free. I think you will find that has been disproven if you do the research.
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    When we feed pumpkin, we just cut the pumpkin in half and let the chickens have at it. They love it once they get a taste.
     
  4. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:the whole pumpkin?
     
  5. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We cut a HUGE pumpkin in half last evening and fed it to the chickens.

    Seeds and all.

    They love it.

    DonnaBelle
     
  6. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We put whole pumpkins in their runs. The first time we didn't cut it...lol they did eat it too at one point it had a hole big enough that the rooster was sticking his head right in. Now we do cut or break it.
     
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Just throw it on the ground really hard and stand back!

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  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Pumpkins, cucumber, winter squash, summer squash, zucchini; I just split them open and toss them in. Tomatoes and pepper are not split, just tossed in.
     
  9. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We tossed in a few over grow Kale roots and all and the went nuts over it. They love their veggies.
     
  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I bought some dried pumpkin seeds at the feed store. The chickens won't touch them. I tried chopping them, the chickens won't touch them. I tried processing them to a powder, the chickens won't touch it. I put them out for the squirrels, the squirrels won't touch them.

    Imp- Anyone want about 20 lbs of dried pumpkin seeds. [​IMG]
     

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