Every Thursday I am going to try and write an article called "Thursday Flocktoids" each Thursday I will address a new topic about chickens! Please give any comments/compliments!
Today we will address the topic of feeding vegetables to the flock. For me and many others feeding vegetables from the garden is a common thing to do. But do we always know what's ok for them to eat? Read to find out some common vegtable choices.
Chickens love carrots. as long as you prepare them right. Of course, the carrot top is easy for them to eat. but the rest of the carrot must be grated, chopped or boiled. For the easiest consumption. Also, he beta-carotene can make egg yokes brilliant orange!
Though there may be lots of criticism of weather garlic is ok for chickens. It is ok because unlike other plants in the allium family they have only had 1/15th percent of the toxins that others have. Therefore opinions are too toxic.
Garlic has amazing Immune/Antibiotic support properties. It can also repel many insects. Feeding chickens fresh minced garlic or garlic powder is one great way to feed it to them.
Should be prepared the same way as carrots since they are in the same family. Supply many good nutrients fo the flock.
Potatoes are part of the poisonous Night Shade family and are a definite no for feeding raw. The vines and leaves are all poisonous. Green skin potatoes especially have toxins in the skin called Solanine. In smaller quantities, you can reduce some of the Solanine by cooking at 400 degrees F. And use white potatoes not green
Chickens love the greens/roots raw. You can grate them to make it easier to eat.
Like white potatoes, sweet potatoes are not part of the Nightshade family. And are a member of the Morning Glory family. Which does not contain Solanine. And so along with the leaves, they are fine for chickens to eat.
Thanks for reading!
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