Can chickens eat raw potato peelings or lettuce

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LittleChooks, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. LittleChooks

    LittleChooks In the Brooder

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    Hi guys,
    We are looking after next doors chickens just now and were wondering wether they could eat lettuce and raw potato peelings. Does any body know?
     
  2. Purechick

    Purechick Chirping

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    I don't think they can eat raw potato peelings but they can eat lettuce. [​IMG]
     
  3. madi99

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  4. Im Barred up

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  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    If the potato peelings are turning green; they are toxic. Should not be eaten by chickens or people.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002875.htm

    If they are NOT turning green; they are OK.

    Imp

    Since you are chicken sitting. (Which is very nice of you, very, very nice) I would not vary from the owners instructions.
     
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  6. Smf0723

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    I know that chickens can eat dark lettuce.
     
  7. terryg

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    Chickens can eat potato peels, even the ones turning slightly green. Yes, the green ones can be toxic, but only in very large quantities. If chickens are getting the bulk of their diet from laying hen pellets, then they won't overeat on the questionable items. However, you don't want to feed them quantities of food that they can't or won't finish, and that will make a mess of your yard (that's why I have a compost pile in my chicken run. They shred what they don't eat. They'll be fussy if they have a choice. For example, there's no harm from putting coffee grounds in the compost that your chickens have access to. However, that certainly wouldn't be a healthy food for them it that's all they got! See my compost system here: http://hencam.com/compost-in-the-chicken-run/) It's much worse to give them lots of bread and cracked corn which will make them fat and upset their mineral balance than to give them access to a compost pile that has lots of variety.
    The only absolutely toxic in any quantity item that I know of is avocado.
    I have a feeding FAQ here:
    http://hencam.com/faq/what-to-feed-your-chickens/

    In your situation, I'd just give them the laying hen pellets. If you want to give them a treat, they'll be very happy to see a tomato or a watermelon rind!
     
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  8. LittleChooks

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    Thanks very much for all your replies and I think it would be ok to give them a little bit of potato peelings then. By the way terryg, I always liked hencam.com and wondered who owned it (is that your webcam, if so, I like it!). ;)
     
  9. jpcode

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    I doubt they would eat raw potato peels, but you could microwave them and let them cool and then they would love them.
     
  10. LittleChooks

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    Thanks for that fact, since my me sort neighbours are back now I will tell them that. Cheers
     

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