Chickens LOVE melons of ANY kind.....for years I used to dumpster dive vast numbers of them discarded by a grocery store due to SLIGHT blemishes on the rinds...I'd eat some but most went to the chickens. Sadly, that store closed a few years ago and now all the remaining ones have "evil" dumpsters that are fed from inside the store....no way to access the treasures. I am still grieving as that store threw out WONDERFUL stuff for ME to eat....all the cheeses that expired at midnight that day (even wonderful European cheeses), many many bags of onions and potatoes due to a few being sprouted, frozen foods (still frozen) that had expired at midnight, vast numbers of still frozen turkeys after Thanksgiving (and I did not have a big freezer back then!), basically, everything that people buy IN the store. I will always miss the weekly bounty.
So now my chickens get melons only on the rare occasion I buy one or am given one. I eat most of the meat, but leave some for the chickens who buzz them right down to the rind.