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My chickens eating tomato plants

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Thread Starter 

Hi all!

 

Three of my chickens have eaten one of my tomato plants, leaves, green tomatoes and all. I've been reading that the plant itself is poisonous. They all seem to be alive and kickin. No signs of illness. They' re as happy as can be. One of them has diarrhea though (but no wonder with eating all those tomatoes). I was wondering how long it would take to show any signs of illness if it would to affect them in any way? Has anyone had the unfortunate experience of having a chicken die after eating a tomato plant?

post #2 of 5

My chickens eat tomato plants and tomatoes all the time that the plants are growing.  I have a bed where the tomatoes come up as volunteers every year.  The chickens graze there everyday until frost.

 

Chris

post #3 of 5

I've heard of lots of things being poisonous to chickens, but it seems to me that they sort of know for themselves, & only eat what is safe. I've never seen a thread on here where chickens actually suffered or died from eating so called poisonous plants. I wouldn't worry!
 

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Thank you Chris and Stargirl for your input! I guess the only things I will worry about in the future are my tomato plants (and cabbage plants, carrots, broccoli, lettuce). This is our first garden with chickens. Next year we plan on putting a picket fence around our garden! Live and learn.

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Thank you so much! Please see reply above.

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