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good evening. my wife is peeling potatoes and my kids wanted to feed the peels to the chickens. My wife said she thought she had read that they were bad for the chickens. Is this true?
They can only eat potatoes if they are cooked. Raw will harm them.
hmm! I didnt know this! Why are potatoes bad for them? And what other foods might harm them?
I've heard about the potato skins, but also have read that onions, garlic and the like will make their eggs taste bad.
They cannot digest raw potatoes (or peel) for some reason.
They can eat potatoes ONLY if they are cooked.
Why are potatoes bad?
A: They contain solanine and chaconine, both are glycoalkaloid toxins that are found in all parts of the plant. Most of the solanine in the potato tuber is found just under the skin or within the skin. Cooking may or may not remove the toxins. Deep-frying is the most effective, microwaving less so, and boiling is ineffective.
Tomatoes & eggplant also produce solanine. The solanine content of ripe tomatoes is much lower than the green ones.
Thanks for enlightening us Hen...I knew it had something to do with it being bad FOR them to digest but was not aware it was due to toxicity.
Tomatoes too? I tend to throw the rotten ones into the runs as I am picking tomatoes in the garden.
I didn't know about tomatoes!
I have tried to get mine to eat tomatoes but they get one little taste and leave it alone.......they will not eat them.
Perhaps my chickens have more sense than I do?
As long as the tomatoes are ripe, those will be fine to give to chickens.
Mine won't touch the green ones either. They ignore peppers too...they've already stripped the garden, leaving the green tomatoes, peppers (both green & red), and the onions.