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Halloween Pumpkins and Chickens: A Guide to Safe Feeding

Halloween Pumpkins and Chickens: A Guide to Safe Feeding

Don't Chuck That Pumpkin! Your Chickens Will Love It 🎃🐔

Happy Halloween Cluckers!  

So, Halloween's just about wrapped up and if your home's anything like mine, you've probably got a few pumpkins lying around. You know, the ones that didn't quite make it to Jack-o'-lantern status or the extras you bought just in case. Before you chuck them into the compost or bin, wait up. Why not give them to your chickens?

Nutrient Boost

Pumpkins are a bit of a nutrient powerhouse. They're loaded with vitamins and minerals that are great for your flock. A bonus point? Chickens love them! Trust me, I've not seen my hens go as mad for something since I accidentally dropped a bag of mealworms into their pen.

Seeds: Natural Wormer

Now, let's talk pumpkin seeds. These little gems are believed to act as a natural wormer. The seeds contain a compound that helps eliminate intestinal parasites. While I wouldn't rely on pumpkin seeds as the sole worming solution, it's a good addition to their regular diet.

 How to Serve It Up

Alright, it's really simple. Cut the pumpkin into halves or quarters, depending on its size. Remove the really gooey bits (you can compost those), and just place the pieces in their enclosure. You don't even need to scoop out the seeds. The chickens will peck away at the flesh and seeds with great enthusiasm. Just remember, moderation is key. Too much of a good thing is, well, not a good thing.

Safety First

Make sure the pumpkins are in decent shape. If they're mouldy or rotten, it's best to keep them away from your flock. Chickens aren't too fussy, but we don't want them getting ill.

So, the next time you're wondering what to do with those post-Halloween pumpkins, think of your feathery friends. It's a win-win: less waste for you and a tasty treat for them!

Until next time, keep clucking along! … OK, so I may have had a glass of wine…