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Are Large White Turkeys Able to Eat tomato plants

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Devunisaacs, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. Devunisaacs

    Devunisaacs Just Hatched

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    I have five Large white turkeys, I also have a garden and some of my tomato plants have died and I would like to give my turkeys the plants, is it ok for them to eat them?
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    While tomatoes are fine to feed the turkeys, the plants are toxic. I have never seen my turkeys eat tomato plants which is good because they are toxic to most animals.
     
  3. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tomato plants being toxic falls into the "mostly myth" category. We originally thought tomato leaves had large amounts of solanine in them like potato, and wild nightshade leaves. It turns out they're much more like peppers - and have almost none. They produce a different glycoalkalod - tomatine.

    Heres what wiki says about tomatine toxicity:


    Quote: Don't worry about tomato plants. Unless you're injecting tomato plant slurry into your birds.
     
  4. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    I am not disputing you but personally I do not trust Wikipedia as a source since anyone can post the information that is there. There has been lots of false information posted on Wikipedia. If you have a trusted source for this information please post it.

    As I stated I have never seen my turkeys eat tomato plants. I trust their judgement over anything posted on Wikipedia.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Turkeys won't eat tomato plants, so no use trying to feed them. On another note my donkeys love eating tomato plants and they are still kicking.
     
  6. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    I have watched deer eat tomato plants without any ill effects.
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Apparently they are tasty.
     
  8. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are dozens of references, and links to studies on the Wikipedia page I linked you. Wikipedia isn't a good source for a research paper, but it's a fantastic place to start.


    Also, the idea that "anyone" can post to wikipedia is false - that hasn't been true for almost a decade now. You need to be credentialed to post to a science article, and your edits pass through a peer review process.
     
  9. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    I have personally seen enough false information on Wikipedia that I would never use it as a reference. You are welcome to believe what you want to believe. I do recommend that if you have a trustable source you should post that instead of Wikipedia.
     
  10. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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