Last autumn, many downtown businesses wanted to get rid of the pumpkins they had used as Thanksgiving decorations. My family asked permission to bring the pumpkins home to our farm, where I immediately fed the seeds to our chickens. My girls loved the pumpkin seeds, which I understand are a natural dewormer.
My chickens weren’t crazy about the actual raw meat of the leftover pumpkins, so I cooked chunks of pumpkin until they were soft. I added old potatoes, stale bread and other leftovers to the pot. After the pumpkin mixture cooled, I took it back to the chicken coop. Boy, did the chickens love that homemade, pumpkin-based chicken food!
We used the smaller pie pumpkins that we gleaned for pies, breads and pickled pumpkin. The large, curved pumpkin stems also make great hooks to screw on a wall; they last a surprisingly long time.
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