A little bitty mockingbird ate a tomatoe with no ill effect. Will chickens be hurt by eating tomatoes? Think about it!
Actually not a stupid question- there are lots of plants that one species (or even sub-species) can eat while another will either get really sick or die by eating it. Then you gotta factor in the reason why the mockingbird didn't eat the whole tomato (unknown). And then there are parrots who eat poisonous seeds all the time but eat clay to counteract the poisons:
I don't know if mockingbirds do this or not, but just pointing out that the question wasn't stupid......
I have asked this board on several occasions to give me one instance where one chicken at any time ever ate a plant or a vegetable or fruit with any noticable ill effect ever. I have never had anyone respond that it happened.
I am not saying it is a stupid question I just simply cant wrap my brain around why a bird would get ill from eating a vegetable of any kind ever.
I am guessing the tomato was bigger than the mockingbird likely why it wouldnt eat the whole thing
Edited by greathorse - 7/31/10 at 1:50pm