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Someone at my local feed store told me that you can't give chickens tomatoes because it will kill them. Is this true?? The feed store is sometimes very informative and other times they don't know squat!!

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My chickens ain't dead yet and they wipe out a garden full of maters every year.  We even plant extra plants in different areas of the gardens because we know the chickens are going to get to them eventually.

Matt


Edited by Matt A NC - 9/15/10 at 10:10am

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post #3 of 36

My chickens found my tomatoes were very tasty too.  They even decided they liked the peppers as well so beware. smile

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post #4 of 36

Sheesh...my hens would hitchhike to the next town for a chance at a few tomatoes !! love

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I'm thinking this is one of the "Don't Know Squat" feed stores.

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My girls love tomatoes too.   I think the problem with tomatoes is the foliage is somewhat toxic to them but the ripe fruit is fine.  My girls were eating the foliage early in the season before there was fruit.  I tried to block it off to them but they always managed to get into the tomato beds anyhow.  They had runny poop so i think it was upsetting to the gastro systems but they recovered fine.  I would imagine they would have to eat ALOT of the plant foliage for it to be fatal to them.

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the fruit of a tomato plant is fine, it's the plant itself that is toxic. It belongs to the nightshade family.

Here is an informative site on the nightshade fruits and vegtables.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=62

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Sheesh...my hens would hitchhike to the next town for a chance at a few tomatoes !! love


yuckyuck
My girls would do the same, that goes for watermelon too gig

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post #9 of 36

Ours are the same way. They love tomato's,peppers,greenbeans, and celery. Havent tried the watermelon yet but I'm sure it will be same result.....Gone. wink

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Originally Posted by Adora 
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Originally Posted by CoupeDeVille 

Sheesh...my hens would hitchhike to the next town for a chance at a few tomatoes !! love


yuckyuck
My girls would do the same, that goes for watermelon too gig


My girls and my roo absolutely love watermellon and bananas. They're not too fond of tomatoes though.

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