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Can chickens eat raw potato peelings or lettuce

post #1 of 13
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Hi guys,
We are looking after next doors chickens just now and were wondering wether they could eat lettuce and raw potato peelings. Does any body know?
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post #2 of 13

I don't think they can eat raw potato peelings but they can eat lettuce. smile.png

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I don't think they can eat raw potato peelings but they can eat lettuce. smile.png

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post #4 of 13

Definately no potato peelings. Here's a good list to follow. The "no no's"  are at the bottom http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens

post #5 of 13

If the potato peelings are turning green; they are toxic. Should not be eaten by chickens or people.

 

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002875.htm

 

If they are NOT turning green; they are OK.

 

Imp

 

Since you are chicken sitting. (Which is very nice of you, very, very nice) I would not vary from the owners instructions.


Edited by Imp - 7/1/12 at 9:14am

 

 

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #6 of 13

I know that chickens can eat dark lettuce.

 

Im an animal luver that has a horse, 2 dogs, and 4 speckled sussex chickens.

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Im an animal luver that has a horse, 2 dogs, and 4 speckled sussex chickens.

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post #7 of 13

Chickens can eat potato peels, even the ones turning slightly green. Yes, the green ones can be toxic, but only in very large quantities. If chickens are getting the bulk of their diet from laying hen pellets, then they won't overeat on the questionable items. However, you don't want to feed them quantities of food that they can't or won't finish, and that will make a mess of your yard (that's why I have a compost pile in my chicken run. They shred what they don't eat. They'll be fussy if they have a choice. For example, there's no harm from putting coffee grounds in the compost that your chickens have access to. However, that certainly wouldn't be a healthy food for them it that's all they got! See my compost system here:  http://hencam.com/compost-in-the-chicken-run/) It's much worse to give them lots of bread and cracked corn which will make them fat and upset their mineral balance than  to give them access to a compost pile that has lots of variety. 

The only absolutely toxic in any quantity item that I know of is avocado.

I have a feeding FAQ here:

http://hencam.com/faq/what-to-feed-your-chickens/

 

In your situation, I'd just give them the laying hen pellets. If you want to give them a treat, they'll be very happy to see a tomato or a watermelon rind!

Terry Golson

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post #8 of 13
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Thanks very much for all your replies and I think it would be ok to give them a little bit of potato peelings then. By the way terryg, I always liked hencam.com and wondered who owned it (is that your webcam, if so, I like it!). wink.png
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post #9 of 13


I doubt they would eat raw potato peels, but you could microwave them and let them cool and then they would love them.

2 N.H. reds, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Golden Sex-links 3 Ameraucanas, 2 danish brn leghorns, 2 Rohde Island reds
Urban farmer 5 orange trees 3 peach trees 2 avocados 1 lemon 1 lime 1 plum 1 loquat and an always rotating crop of vegetables.
Chickens and gardening just seem to go together.

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2 N.H. reds, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Golden Sex-links 3 Ameraucanas, 2 danish brn leghorns, 2 Rohde Island reds
Urban farmer 5 orange trees 3 peach trees 2 avocados 1 lemon 1 lime 1 plum 1 loquat and an always rotating crop of vegetables.
Chickens and gardening just seem to go together.

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post #10 of 13
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Thanks for that fact, since my me sort neighbours are back now I will tell them that. Cheers
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