Can Turkeys Eat Pumpkin? (Answered)

by Alex Kountry
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Turkey eats pumpkin. Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are found in abundance. Beta carotene, potassium, and fiber are just a few of the essential components found in this food group.

They’ll start pecking at it as soon as their curiosity gets the better of them. I guarantee that after they try it, they’ll be hooked!

The turkey will eat all of the pumpkin’s parts, including the seeds, strings, flesh, and even some of the skin.

Most of a turkey’s nutritional needs can be addressed by feeding it commercial feed.

However, there are numerous advantages to providing kids with additional meals to spice up their diets.

Chicks benefit from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including pumpkin, apples, zucchini, broccoli, and so on.

What Are the Health Benefits of Pumpkin to Turkeys?

Can Turkeys Eat Pumpkin

The pumpkin is an excellent food option as a source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants without high saturated fats.

Just 49 calories are found in a single serving.

Because of this, it’s a perfect low-fat diet for your turkeys during the fall and winter, when other sources of healthful treats are becoming more limited.

Vitamin A: In the body, beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant, is converted to vitamin A, which may be found in pumpkin.

The immune system and cell regeneration are aided by increasing Vitamin A in your birds’ food.

Potassium: which is essential for chick development, also aids turkeys in their ability to withstand high temperatures.

So make sure you have some on hand if you have a problem with heat fatigue and your turkeys need something cool to eat.

It’s best to keep at least two weeks’ worth of egg yolks for your turkeys if you plan on hatching your own eggs.

Among the seed options available to your birds are the following:

Adding pumpkin seeds to your turkey’s diet will give them an extra dose of nutrition.

Vitamin E: Poultry needs Vitamin E, which can be found in sunflower seeds, to keep infections like coccidiosis and E.coli at bay, but it doesn’t treat them.

Vitamin E deficiency can cause a variety of health problems, including a wry neck.

Zinc: So don’t bother trying to shell the seeds for your flock because zinc is concentrated just below the shell in a mega-thin membrane.

Let them be what they are. The turkey’s growth is dependent on zinc. It can cause bone deformities and slowed growth if it isn’t present.

Again, if you plan on hatching chicks from your eggs, be sure to feed the turkeys zinc for at least two weeks before collecting the eggs.

Check out my complete guide on what to feed turkeys.

How Often Should I Feed Them Pumpkin?

Due to their high protein needs, turkeys can’t always eat pumpkins.

There are many nutrients in pumpkins, but not enough protein to meet all of your turkeys’ dietary requirements.

Depending on the turkey’s age, the feed must contain between 16 and 28 percent protein (younger birds need more proteins than other birds).

Therefore, even though turkeys can eat pumpkins, it is clear that they cannot eat pumpkins as their primary diet because they lack the necessary nutrients.

Can Baby Turkeys Eat Pumpkin?

Remember that turkey chicks need a lot of protein to grow their wings and become full-fledged turkeys, so they can eat pumpkins.

More protein-rich food for your turkey chicks and fewer pumpkins.

Do Wild Turkeys Eat Pumpkin?

Pumpkins can be eaten by wild turkeys, especially if they have been cut open.

Wild turkeys are more likely to consume the leaves of your pumpkin plants, but they can also eat the fruit.  

Can Turkeys Eat Pumpkin Pie?

Turkey can eat pumpkin pie is made from raw pumpkin. It’s also a good idea to buy a canned pumpkin that’s organic or devoid of all preservatives.

The problem is that non-organic canned pumpkin has a lot of spices, sugar additives, and other elements that are harmful to your birds’ health, so it’s best to avoid them.

Can Turkeys Eat Pumpkin Guts?

Yes, they can. They eat all parts of a pumpkin, both seed, patch, and gut. They will peck at it until there is nothing left but a thin skin

Can Turkeys Eat Pumpkin Seeds?

Turkey can eat pumpkin seeds. You can be sure that your birds will enjoy them because they are a good source of a variety of essential nutrients.

Don’t forget to give your turkeys lots of grit if you’re going to feed them pumpkin seeds! Grit is needed to break down seeds, and pumpkin seeds are huge. 

As a result, make sure your flock has easy access to the grit it needs to break down the seeds.

Also, ensure that they are fresh turkeys, free of sugar or other additives that could hurt your bird.

Things to Watch Out For Before Feeding Them Pumpkin

Any treat should be offered in moderation and only in conjunction with their regular balanced diet. At dusk, remove any remaining pumpkin from the run.

Leaving it in place will attract rodents in search of an easy meal.

Additionally, do not leave any moldy or moist pumpkins in the run. Consuming expired food is just as bad for your bird as it is for you.

Also check out this article I wrote on feeding turkeys with potatoes

How Can I Feed Pumpkin to My Turkeys?

Of course, you could bake the delectable and delectable Poultry Pumpkin Pie or the Crunchy Turkey Pumpkin Cookies.

However, the beauty of pumpkins is that they are a whole meal in themselves. Simply cut one in half and allow the flock to peck away at it to their heart’s pleasure, seeds and all.

Then all you have to do is relax and take it all in.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe 

It’s simple to create Poultry Pumpkin Pie. It’s simply a matter of combining several ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and that turkeys enjoy.

Take one whole pumpkin, gourd, or squash and scoop out the flesh and seeds. Set aside the shell, which will be used as a serving dish.

Pour the flesh into a food processor to shred it and place it in a large mixing bowl

Add some or all of the following to the pumpkin…

  • 1 cup of oats (or wheat or barley, depending on what you have on hand)
  • 1 cup of their regular feed 
  • 0.5 cup dried fruits and vegetables
  • 0. 5 cup mealworms
  • 0.5 cup sunflower seeds (you can also use clover, quinoa, or flax)
  • 1 entire garlic bulb, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh mint (you can try the dried one)
  • 1 tbsp. of any additional herbs, your turkeys enjoy
  • 1 cup of chopped dandelion, clover, rose, or marigold petals 
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce (remove the seeds, though – they’re not good for turkeys)
  • 0.25 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. treacle (molasses). Reduce the molasses to a teaspoon if making a smaller batch – molasses is a laxative for turkeys.


  • Combine all ingredients and serve to the turkeys in the shell or on a dish that has been scooped out.
  • A bit more coconut oil may be necessary if it seems too dry.
  • Healthy food is rare in the winter, so make a big batch of this and freeze it. It can be stored for several months without going bad.
  • Watch as your turkeys gorge on their healthy autumn delight!


Pumpkins can be eaten by turkeys, but only as a treat.

Turkeys need more protein than they get from pumpkins, so don’t limit their diet to just that.

All components of the pumpkin are safe for children to eat as snacks.

Protein-rich foods such as processed feed, seeds, legumes, and other bugs should always be provided.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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