Pumpkins that are left whole after the season can be chunked up and thrown to the chickens or frozen for winter use. I split them with a pickaxe or shovel.....be careful!!!!
To freeze whole pumpkins outside: get a free pallet from the feed store, hardware store....etc. Put pumpkins on pallet and cover with a tarp. They should freeze solid in winter. This works best in areas that get a nice freeze. Don't place in direct sun or they will start to warm up on sunny days and could go bad. When you're ready to feed one to the chickens, just bring it into the garage and let sit about a day. Split it open and serve! I try to cut it into fairly small pieces. When they have to reach into the pumpkin to reach the 'meat' they tend to get pumpkin goo all over their face and make a mess!
Happy pumpkin carving!
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