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How To Hollow Out a Pumpkin The Easy Way

By The Garden Smallholder @gdnsmallholder

How To Hollow Out a Pumpkin The Easy WayOriginally posted on The Garden Smallholder:

pumpkin collage
Each 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 pumpkin
Each 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 hollowing
Uncooked pumpkin seeds contain Cucurbitin, an amino acid that can eliminate parasitic worms such as tapeworm and roundworm.

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

Happy Halloween, Blessed Samhain x

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