You’ve carved them, made pie, and used them for decoration but have you thought about sharing a pumpkin with your backyard flock? While pumpkins are readily available and even reduced in price right now why not grab some extras for your chickens. Not only is pumpkin a tasty treat but it has other benefits as well.
Now that the temperatures have cooled down your chickens are probably getting a little more active. A great way to relieve boredom in their run is to add a pumpkin. At first they may stay away from it thinking you’ve introduced an alien into the flock but soon their natural desire to peck will come into play and they’ll have hours of entertainment.
Pumpkins are full of several vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein at about 30 grams per 100 grams of seeds. Such a great way to make sure your flock is getting the nutrients they need.
Did you also know that pumpkin seeds are a natural dewormer? Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid called cucurbitacin. It is a paralyzing agent to worms in the digestive tract such as tape worms and round worms.
As you can see my backyard flock has been very happy now that the cooler weather has arrived and my garden is ready to hibernate. They spend hours eating the remains of plants still in the beds and digging up the dirt. Letting chickens free range in your garden soil is a great way to renew nutrients for next year.
When feeding pumpkin and other treats to your flock make sure to have plenty of grit available for your chickens. Grit helps chickens properly digest the pumpkin and it’s seeds.