Wednesday, February 8, 2012

a pumpkin for the chickens

My nephew, who is always looking for something to give to the animals, had an extra (extra large!) pumpkin that was never carved as intended back in October. It sat and sat in our cold mud room until I could get around to cutting it up and distributing it among the goats. But then I read how very good pumpkin is for the chickens, and decided this would be a welcome fresh treat for them during these snow-covered winter weeks.


When I cut up this huge pumpkin, it reminded me of the story James and the Giant Peach. Couldn't you just imagine a community of talking bugs living in here, waiting to take you on some great adventure?


 The chickens devoured this beast of a squash as soon as I brought it over.


So as not to let me forget how very much they love pumpkin too, the goats called and called until I brought them the other half to share.


I'm planting extra pumpkin seeds in the garden this year, that's for sure!

22 comments:

  1. Our chickens go CRAZY for pumpkins as well :) Interestingly, our dog also will do ANYTHING for pumpkin so it must be very good for animals. Certainly, in the dead of winter when there is little variation in forage, a lovely pumpkin brings a welcome change - rather like us enjoying home canned peaches in January! We also have decided to dedicate a much larger area for pumpkins this year strictly for feeding our chickens those lovely treats in winter! Beautiful photos as always :)

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    1. I've been planning a garden for the chickens, too :)

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  2. Mine love them as well - plus, pumpkin seeds provide a natural worm/parasite deterrent! Your pumpkin kept awfully well!

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    1. Oh wow, I didn't know that about the seeds! How wonderful! (our mud room is really cold in winter, so I use it as a cellar of sorts)

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    2. Thanks for the tip, Susan! That's awesome!

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  3. I still have a few pumpkins too. The birds are keeping an eye on them. I guess I will do what you did, and split the treat between the chickens and the goats. Your photos are the best!

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  4. Too bad we don't live close by. I could have given you quite a few. Had a bumper crop this year. Maybe I should have saved them for my son's chickens. When I have too many, I usually set them out by the street. The deer hunters snatch them up.

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  5. What glorious photos! Looks like a pumpkin party!

    Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!

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  6. My chickens enjoy pumpkins and all types of winter squash. I never thought of making them share with the goats; although, when I took the chickens a butternut squash recently, the donkeys and horse each had to take a bite! LOL!! I have a small pumpkin sitting on the counter waiting to become chicken treats.

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  7. Lucky chickens and goats you have :) Good to know, I will have to plant some extra pumpkins for our chickens this year too.

    And yes, pumpkin seeds are anti parasitic, really great for tape worms. Food is medicine :)

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  8. How fun! They look like they are really enjoying their treat:) Your chickens are gorgeous! ~ B

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  9. Chickens are the last little creatures I thought would appreciate a good pumpkin. Good to know!

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  10. Oh, I have chicken envy (again) Next year will be our year of the chicken... and I'll remember to plant them some extra pumpkins!

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  11. Our chickens get very fussy when given pumpkin for some reason but do come back to it if there is no silverbeet on offer, lol!

    Love the goats getting in on the act too!

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  12. Hmm...I'm jealous of all you chicken people...not to mention goats...and gardens. I can see I've simply got to devise some kind of restraining order against our bears and mountain lions.

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  14. What a nice treat! And...I LOVE James & the Giant Peach! I should hunt that movie down and watch it again, it's been too long!

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  15. Loving all the pictures of your sweet animals. I'm living vicariously.., :)

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  16. Oh! How delightful. I inadvertently discovered that horses also love pumpkins, when our herd was grazing - innocently I thought - in our yard. By the garden.

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  17. If any talking bugs are in that pumpkin. They are probably eaten up by now. Poor talking bugs. The goats seem to really enjoy it.

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