Great article, thanks for posting! I'm wanting to sow some pumpkin seeds in my vege garden. Lovely for soups and roasting. Also nice mashed with potatoes. This way I'll be able to put the pumpkin guts to good use!!
We feed a lot of pumpkin and squash to our chickens ... they love them. This time of the year you can get deals at the farmers market on "dead pumpkins" ... or the ones they can't sell for one reason or the other. All you have to do is ask if they have any busted ones.
I've never had any luck at the store but if you know someone in the produce section ... It would not hurt to ask.
Brought 2 small pumpkins up late yesterday and am going to open one up today to give to the girls. Can hardly wait to see what they do with it. Just going to give the innards first and then think I'll cut the rest up in small pieces and give them tomorrow. To bad I don't have enough to give them some for several months. I had no idea that pumpkins were beneficial to chickens until I read about it here.
I have a friend that raises chickens that buys a pumpkin and cuts the top off, and lets the girls hollow and carve it for her. She then puts a light in it for Halloween and it helps advertise her eggs! She says that her girls are orange from sticking their heads in the pumpkin!!
My babies have a scary pumpkin in their run with them, the younger ones have had a go but the older girls don't seem that fussed :/ i've tried them with a courgette too but that's not attracting any interest either! Fussy birds!