How To Hollow Out a Pumpkin The Easy Way

The Garden Smallholder

pumpkin collageEach year I grow a couple of extra pumpkins to carve for Halloween. Instead of scooping out the insides myself, I give the chore to my chickens. But I guess it’s not really a chore to them, considering how eager they are to help.

chickens eating a pumpkinEach pumpkin is hollowed out in record timing, flesh and seeds vanish (I’m careful to remove the pumpkins soon after, otherwise they’ll eat the whole thing before I get the chance to carve crazy scary faces). This saves me a bit of time and the hens get a healthy afternoon treat containing a natural wormer.

pumpkin hollowingUncooked pumpkin seeds contain Cucurbitin, an amino acid that can eliminate parasitic worms such as tapeworm and roundworm.

chicken eating a pumpkinEven more reason to get your flock involved with pumpkin carving!

Happy Halloween, Blessed Samhain x

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12 comments

  1. My chickens won’t eat pumpkins! They’ll eat some of the seeds and then leave the rest….it’s embarrassing!

  2. I didn’t realise that pumpkin and its seeds were so good for chickens but I did chuckle when I saw the chickens at Kentish Town City Farm tucking into the pumpkins and squashes left out for sale!

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