Are the Green Parts of tomatoe plants bad for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mason123h, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. mason123h

    mason123h Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2010
    This year I had a lot of volunteer tomatoe plants in my chicken pen and the chickens really seemed to enjoy eating the tomatoes and the plant. Next year I plan to fence off the area where the tomatoes grow until they grow big enough to let the chickens in.
    But not long ago I heard that the green part of tomatoe plants may be toxic to chickens. Is this true?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes, but mine have eaten ONE plant and survived. Same with potato plants. Both are toxic.

    Edited- see my post below...after checking around...
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2011
  3. mason123h

    mason123h Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2010
    Yeah mine survived too, but I am not sure if it may be hurting them somehow.
  4. scarletbaby

    scarletbaby Out Of The Brooder

    May 23, 2010
    oh crap tomato plants are toxic?!?!?!?! They love eating the leaves. Luckily i fenced in the garden not too long ago cause they were eating EVERYTHING.
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens
    couldn't find tomato plants on this list. Maybe they are mildly toxic. I have ALWAYS been taught that nobody wants to eat tomato plants- not even animals because they are toxic.

    OK, here on this same website- is tomato plants listed just as a general toxic plant:
    "TOMATO (Lycospersicon evculentum); vines. suckers: gastrointestinal tract affected by solanine glycoalkaloids."

    So, [​IMG] how toxic are they to poultry?
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2011
  6. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    My chickens have eaten many tomato plants and they are fine...
  7. mason123h

    mason123h Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2010
    Quote:Yeah they went nuts over my tomatoe plants.
  8. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
    If tomato plants are toxic, mine didn't get that memo. Been eating them their entire lives. I grow them just for the chickens and haven't heard a complaint yet.
    They didn't get the potato memo either. I sure am glad my birds are not on the toxic plant mailing list. They love potatoes too.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2011
  9. RIBill

    RIBill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and a bunch of other things are in the nightshade family. They contain alkalid toxins in varying amounts. Different animals are affected differently and quantity certainly matters. For example, eating the leaves of a tomato plant would kill a cat, but doesn't seem to affect chickens. So, yes the green parts of a tomato plant are posionous but will likely cause no harm to your chickens.
  10. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by