It is worth growing pumpkins if you have the space. You can use the flesh for soups or pies and roasted pumpkin is delicious. The hens will eat the pumpkin seeds and any of the stringy flesh surrounding them. They love it and it is just as nutritious for them as it is for humans. In fact, pumpkin flesh contains carotenoids which will help to give your egg yolks a deep yellow colour. The beta carotene prevalent in pumpkin doesn’t affect the yolk colour, but it will be converted into vitamin A and metabolised by the hen. It is the other carotenoids in the pumpkin, such as the lutein and zeaxanthin, which will help to give yellowness to the yolks. These are the same carotenoids that are found in green grass.
The chickens enjoy eating pumpkin