Are potatoes chicken friendly?

Lori J

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Are potatoes chicken friendly? I have fenced off raised beds in my small backyard to keep my four chickens out. But I had the idea that I might try putting potatoes in the ground in the spring. I would put up a little fence but it isn’t as tall as the raised bed Fences. I was just worried that my chickens would get in there and eat the potato leaves and it might make them sick? Potatoes are a nightshade plant, like tomatoes! Most likely they would just go in there and scratch around and maybe make a mess, but Has anyone had potatoes and free range hens? (I realize that sounds like a meal LOL)
 

Quackter

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I've found they don't bother the plants much unless they have the red bugs, or they will taste the flowers when in bloom, (breaking the plants of course) Growing up with a big garden and a lot of chickens, the garden was fenced of to prevent damage, the potato patch was open, they never bothered them. I have potato towers that the chickens never bother.
 

rascal66

Crowing
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Sep 10, 2015
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So, I always boil my potato scraps and they eat it well and fine. However, the plant is a nightshade and is known to be toxic. I don't recommend letting them eat raw potatoes either. as long as they arent eating the leaves, id say youre fine.
 

Farmer Connie

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are toxic as well as green tomatoes.
My yard birds get into my tomato garden every single season. They pick deep holes in the lower hanging toms, red & green. Never ever had a chicken sick or die from them.
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