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Fall is upon us and that means Halloween and pumpkins. For all our backyard barnyard friends this article will help you with feeding pumpkins to your chickens. Is it safe and what parts can they eat? Can chickens eat pumpkins?
Chickens and Pumpkins
This fall when you finish using pumpkins as jack-o-lanterns and decorations you can recycle them to your chickens to eat, but best as a treat. Before you feed them to any animal make sure if there are any parts black or rotten you dispose of that. Never feed animals fruits or vegetable that have gone bad or sour.
After you have inspected the pumpkin cut it up into smaller chunks so your chickens don’t fight over the pumpkin. Some of your chickens will think they have died and gone to pumpkin heaven while others may throw up the proverbial beak and not touch the pumpkin at all.
All animals including chickens can be finicky about food. Just like children, they may not like what you put on the dinner plate. It’s okay that they don’t eat it. You also don’t want to stress them out by encouraging them to eat it. Either they will go crazy for it, nibble on it or not touch it at all. All of which is okay.
Can Chickens Eat Pumpkins?
Since pumpkins are not on your chicken’s normal diet. Feed in moderation to avoid them getting sick. Like all treats you want to offer them as treats and not normal diet eating. It’s good for them to have the variety and nutrients.
Another thing to be mindful of when feeding treats. Animals can become overexcited or aggressive with food. This would include family pets like dogs that can get aggressive towards your chickens or vice versa. Make sure you keep animals separated when giving treats. If they get along during normal activities you don’t want to disrupt that harmony. Animals are very territorial when it comes to food. So make sure to take care during feeding times.
After the pumpkins are given make sure you clean up any unwanted chunks. Like we stated before spoiled food can get your animals very sick. Digestive systems in animals are very different than human counterparts. Left unchecked digestive problems can become fatal. So a good general cleanup of pins will do the trick.
Pumpkins that were used for decoration make sure you thoroughly clean off glitter, glue or other foreign objects. Never feed animals anything you wouldn’t throw in your own tummy. Not too many of us would eat glitter, unless in kindergarten which is a rite of passage for us but not your chickens.