What does a pumpkin have to do with chickens? Actually, pumpkins are a nutritional powerhouse and chickens love the taste. Every fall, if we haven’t grown our own pumpkins on the farm, I will buy pumpkins for all the farm animals. Every species here will eat it in some form or another but the chickens probably enjoy a good pumpkin more than any others animals.
Pumpkins have a richly colored flesh that contains high levels of beta carotenes. The beta carotenes are the precursors to Vitamin A. In addition, fresh pumpkin is a great source of Vitamins C and E and contains most of the B complex vitamins. Feeding pumpkins should be part of the fall chicken care And, if you can get a hold of some free pumpkins from neighbors or friends after the holidays, take them! If they haven’t been carved into jack o’ lanterns, they will store a long time in a cool area of your home or basement.