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Can chickens eat potatoe salad?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bulldog-girl, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. bulldog-girl

    bulldog-girl Songster

    May 16, 2008
    Estacada, OR
    Got a tub of potatoe salad and no one likes it. Store bought variety. I was wondering if I could feed it to the hens in small quantities? It has mayo, eggs and spices. It is not organic or anything so I am sure it has some preservatives in it. I hate to throw it out.
  2. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    that should be fine..but i would not give the whole container in one feeding
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    yes you can, and they will LOVE you for it!...[​IMG] maybe try to break up some of the bigger pieces of potato though, because if they are like mine, they will try to swallow a whole potato piece....and they could maybe choke. just yesterday i had to pull a piece of tomato out of one of my hens mouth..she had half stuffed down her throat and the rest was hanging out of her mouth....little piggies! [​IMG]
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    they can but have horrible table manners...
  5. kassia

    kassia Hatching

    Feb 4, 2009
    one thing to consider is that potatoes are a food succeptible to food poisening
    potatoe salad is the dish that causes the food poisening at picnics - it goes bad very quickly in room temp conditions.

    I feed my chickens everything - meat, cheese (a favorite!) spoiled jams, yogurt etc from frig cleanup... leftover all - take home every food item from restaurants...they gobble it up and seem happy and a bit spoiled...have had not problems for 3 years so far.
    have I just been lucky?
  6. Chikyn

    Chikyn In the Brooder

    Oct 17, 2012
    Chickens can eat just about everything :D they love potato salad like nothing else. I share with them a lot
  7. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2013
    Just don't feed chicks spaghetti!!!

    got a momma with four new chicks, tossed some plate scrapings to her before heading to the main coop, after cleaning and watering the flock went back to feed the rabbits and noticed one of the babies was kinda walking funny, momma was calling it trying to get it to come to her, scooped it up and to my horror it had a noodle sticking out of its mouth...Gently pulled it and it was about 1/2 inch long!!! Poor thing was suffocating! Once it was out it starting chirping like crazy lol... Never feed chicks noodles!!!

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