DIY “Chicken-o-Lantern” (Free Template) Plus The Benefits of Feeding Pumpkin to Chickens

By Kelcie Paulis, Chickenlandia Presidential Advisor

Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love the crisp air and all things spooky. Our family’s Octobers are full of traditions, one of which is pumpkin carving. I’ve carved more pumpkins in my life than I can count; all kinds of different things, including the classics and unique creations I designed myself. This year, as my 5-year-old was picking a cat shape for the 4th year in a row, it occurred to me that I’ve never carved a chicken pumpkin before. I mean, we have chicken yard ornaments for Christmas so why not have chicken-o-lanterns for Halloween?

Just in case you also need chicken-o-lanterns for your porch this year, here is a FREE Printable Hen Carving Template for you to print and carve your own!

Scroll right to see how I carved mine:

My chicken-o-lantern was clearly broody, so I added some chicks for her!

You can print them HERE.

Light them up!

And now Mr. Benedict Bones has a little family on the porch with him. 

Now for my friendly reminder to

The Benefits of Pumpkin

Both pumpkin flesh and seeds are beneficial for your poultry.

Benefits of Pumpkin Flesh: 

Low in fat- pumpkin is high in fiber and low in fat, making it an ideal low-fat treat for fall. 
Vitamin A- pumpkin is a great source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A boosts the immune system and helps regenerate cells. 
Vitamin B- is important for proper energy metabolism & affects almost all of the body’s systems. 
Vitamin C- most people know about all the great benefits of vitamin C, and those apply to your chickens as well. Vitamin C is also a very beneficial supplement to add in times of stress. 
Potassium- is critical to healthy development, especially in chicks. 
Bonus- Hens that eat pumpkin tend to lay eggs with a deeper orange yolk.

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:

Vitamin E- is very important to a chicken’s neurological and immune systems. Vitamin E boosts the immune system. Deficiencies in it can lead to development problems. 
Zinc- Zinc is an important mineral to chicken development. Especially in growing chicks. Lack of it can lead to bone deformity and stunted growth.
Deworming?- Ahh the great pumpkin deworming debate. You can watch Madame President’s YouTube video about Pumpkin Seeds and De-worming HERE.  

Whether you believe in the deworming powers of pumpkins seeds, there is still no denying that feeding them to your flock is a wonderful, healthy treat with lots of benefits!

So feed them the pumpkins! They’re gonna love it!!

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