When you hear the term Smashing Pumpkins, you likely reminisce about the beautiful guitar melody in"Mayonaise" by Billy Corgan in his 1980's alternative rock band. However, at Six Shooter Kikos, the term Smashing Pumpkins has a completely different meaning to the fans of the farm where the crisp autumn days mean Kiko bellies are filled with these tasty multi-colored fruits.
Each year when the leaves turn and the temps drop, neighborhood porches are heavily laden with hues of orange and yellow, but what usually happens to the over-priced decor that are part of the 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins produced each year in the U.S.? Usually these carved scary faces are quickly traded in for an Elf on the Shelf, but certainly there has to be something besides spiced latte's to make pumpkins still popular post-Thanksgiving?
Lucky for the goats at Six Shooter Kikos, some scientific data (or likely rumor) suggested that raw pumpkins, especially their seeds, provide a natural and holistic dewormer benefit for the goats. With that in mind, a brief call out to the neighborhood quickly resulted in a SUV full of unwanted spheres of nutrition.
With nothing to lose and a back seat full of pumpkins, we headed to the farm to see if our goats would take advantage of the bitter tasting cucurbitacin found in pumpkins that allegedly plays a role in preventing parasite infestation. Of course with so many varieties, we wanted to see if certain pumpkins were preferred over others.
Once we arrived at the farm, the curiousity of the herd left some nervous and some anxious but once the smashing of the pumpkins took place, it didn't long for the goats to treat this new found smorgasbord with the same lust we have for spicy tuna at the sushi bar. They just couldn't get enough of the orange delicacy.
In the end, it really didn't matter if the folklore of a possible natural dewormer proved true or not, because our goats were happy goats who just loved these unwanted pumpkins.