Yes, chickens can eat pumpkin. The orange beauty is packed full of nutrition, including vitamins and antioxidants. Although there is no scientific evidence to prove that pumpkin can act as a natural de-wormer, many chicken keepers believe this to be true. Pumpkins are plentiful and reasonably priced this time of year, so why not offer some to your flock.
Have you ever made your own pumpkin puree? Click HERE to see how easy it is to make. Your flock will love the fresh puree (and the roasted pumpkin). You can also freeze pumpkin puree. The de-thawed puree can be used for culinary uses or fed to your flock. What a healthy snack that will be during the cold winter months.
Pumpkin seeds are great for chickens too. I must admit that roasted pumpkin seeds are a snack that I enjoy, but sometimes I feed raw seeds to my ladies.
Have pumpkins left over from your fall decorating? Halve or quarter a pumpkin and feed it to your flock. They make look at it weird at first, but soon enough they will realize just how yummy it is. They will eat the inside of a pumpkin, including the innards (guts) and seeds, leaving the rind (just like a melon). Remember – As with all kitchen scraps/treats, moderation is key.
Although we’ve passed the Halloween season for this year, think ahead to next fall. After you have carved the jack-o-lantern, don’t throw away the leftover parts including the innards and seeds. Feed them to your flock. Once done displaying your jack-o-lantern, feed it to your flock too. Just make sure that it is not moldy or rotten. If so, it’s best to err on the side of caution – throw it away.
Pumpkins can be stored for up to 3 months. Follow this link to find out how to prepare pumpkins for storage.
Get creative! After you’ve halved and scooped out a pumpkin, fill the ‘bowl’ with water or other treats for your chickens to enjoy.
Aside from chickens eating pumpkin, remember…baby chicks and pumpkins make the most adorable pictures. 😉