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Can Chickens Eat Watermelon – Is It Safe?

There are fruits where you have to cut it into smaller pieces in order to feed it to your chickens.  Then there are those you can just give them.  Watermelon is one of the latter kinds.

Chickens can safely eat watermelon. It’s hydrating and nutritious, offering vitamins A and C. Seeds and rind are safe too, but feed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Watermelon is not only safe for chickens but also a healthy treat, particularly during hot weather. The high water content in watermelon can help keep chickens hydrated. It’s also a good source of vitamins and can be a refreshing snack. The seeds are safe for chickens to eat, and they often enjoy pecking at them. The rind, while tougher, can be pecked at and eaten as well, providing a good source of fiber. It’s a joy to watch chickens interact with a piece of watermelon, as they can be quite enthusiastic about it.

Watermelon in a field of watermelons

Be sure to have enough watermelon to satisfy all your chickens.  You don’t want them fighting over it unnecessarily. 

Is It Safe for Chickens to Eat Watermelon, Should They Have It?

Male in yellow sweater looking confused

Although this is not always the case, there are some fruits and vegetables where it is safe for your chickens to eat every part of the plant.  Watermelon is one of these.

Yes, not only is it safe for chickens to eat watermelon, but it is very healthy.  The watermelon is rich in antioxidants and other nutrients.  The nature of the watermelon also helps the chickens stay hydrated and energetic.

Chickens or other farm animals should have watermelon on occasion.  Like any other type of animal, chickens like variety.  Watermelon now and then is one of those fruits that they truly love. 

What to Look Out for When Feeding Chickens Watermelon

Female looking confused

Actually, there are a couple of things to watch out for which we will detail here and now.  Pay close attention to this section.

One thing to look out for is that you only give them watermelon as a treat on an occasional basis.  As is true of any other type of chicken food, too much of it is not good.  Overfeeding watermelon to your chickens can lead to health problems.

The other thing is that the watermelon should always be fresh.  Never give old or rotten fruit of any kind to chickens or other farm animals.  Check the item out thoroughly before serving it to them. 

Can Chickens Eat Watermelon Rinds?

Pile of watermelon rinds

With some fruits and veggies, care must be given when feeding the different parts of it to your chickens.  This is not true of watermelons.

Yes, your chickens can eat watermelon rinds.  The rind is not as nutritious as the melon itself, but the chickens love to eat it.  As with the fruit itself, make sure there is enough of the rind available for the entire flock. 

Your chickens will like pecking at the watermelon rind and gobbling up the fruit itself and the seeds too.  For the record, the rind does possess vitamins B and C.  So, the chickens will benefit from this too.

This article was first published on August 25, 2022 by Pentagon-Pets.

Can Chickens Eat Watermelon Seeds?

Slices of watermelon and seeds spilling out

Watermelon seeds are typically not appealing to humans to eat.  Chickens, however, are a different story altogether.  Watch out for other animal species around the watermelon seeds though.

Yes, not only can chickens eat watermelon seeds, but it tends to be a favorite snack of theirs.  If you have a little time, what you can do is separate the seeds from the melon, then feed it to your chickens as a treat.  They will love consuming these.

Chickens will not have any trouble digesting the watermelon seeds.  You likely would not want your other farm animal species to have these, as not all of them are able to successfully digest them. 

Can Chickens Eat Watermelon Vines Plant/Stems?

Watermelon growing from vines

With some produce products it is unsafe for your chickens or other farm animals to eat the plant itself.  Not so with watermelons!

Yes, chickens can eat watermelon plant parts.  This includes the stalks, vines, and even the leaves.  After you have harvested your watermelon crop, allow your chickens to partake of the plant parts.  They will enjoy doing so.

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As is true with the watermelon fruit, do make sure none of the plant parts are old or rotten.  Consuming bad fruits or vegetables is harmful to your chickens.  Do an inspection prior to letting them eat these.

Can Chickens Eat Watermelon Leaves?

Watermelon covered in leaves

Eating watermelon leaves is not fathomable for people, nor likely your other farm animals.  Chickens on the other hand can and like to.

Yes, chickens can eat watermelon leaves.  Watermelon is one of those crops where it is safe for the chickens to have the entire plant.  Chickens enjoy watermelon leaves as a snack.  You can also mix some in with their normal feed.

If you have room on your farm, and you have chickens, you may want to start growing your own watermelons.  You need not worry if the chickens get into the garden and eat the plant parts.  The whole thing is safe. 

Is Too Much Watermelon Bad for Chickens?

Slices of watermelon

You know the old saying, “too much of anything is bad?”  This is true of giving watermelon to chickens more than sometimes.  Keep this in mind.

Yes, although watermelon in its entirety is healthy for chickens, too much of it can make them sick.  Perhaps mix up the parts of the watermelon plants.  Only allow your chickens to have this on occasion.  The natural sugars contained in the watermelon should not be over fed to chickens too often.

Sometimes give your chickens the fruit, sometimes the leaves or rinds, sometimes seeds.  Do not let your chickens eat too much watermelon at all.  Mix up the ratio of how much melon is distributed to the chickens. 

Can Chickens Eat Old, Rotten Watermelon?

Rotten watermelons on dirt ground

As common sense should dictate, serving rotten fruit or anything else to anyone is bad.  This includes giving it to chickens.

Absolutely DO NOT feed old, rotten watermelon or anything else to your chickens.  Doing so could cause significant harm to your flock.  Be careful this does not happen at all, not even a little bit rotten one time.

If you plan to feed watermelon in any form or part to your chickens, study it first.  Make sure none of the specimens are bad.  If you have any doubts, it is far better to be cautious than sorry.

Can Chickens Eat Unripe Watermelon?

Pile of watermelons

This is one of those gray areas in the food supply of chickens.  While it is technically okay to feed watermelon that is not ripe to chickens, it is not the best idea.

Yes, chickens can eat unripe watermelon.  But, should they?  Experts say it is different from an unripe tomato which is toxic to chickens.  That said, it is probably better if you stick to ripe ones.  This is safer.

Chickens get so much of a variety of foods with a watermelon crop.  It is not necessary to force the issue and feed them melons that are not ripe.  Although it will not harm them, giving them already ripe watermelon is far better. 

Do I Have to Cut Up the Watermelon Before Serving It to Chickens?

Sliced watermelons on wood table.

If you prefer to do this, go right ahead.  However, it is not necessary.  Do make sure you cut the melon at least in half so the chickens can get at the fruit.

You do not need to cut up the watermelon any further than in half prior to serving it to your chickens.  While ensuring there is enough of it for the whole flock to enjoy, cutting it up isn’t called for.

Your chickens will gather around the watermelon halves and peck at it.  They can enjoy the fruit, the seeds, the flesh, and even the rind.  Your chickens will also benefit from the nutritional value of the watermelon. 

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