Can Chickens Have Cabbage or Potato Skins?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ilovemypeeps, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. ilovemypeeps

    ilovemypeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Someone told me my chickens shouldn't have cabbage or potato skins. Is this true or is it safe to go ahead and give them the scraps? Thanks!
     
  2. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe they cannot have either item raw. I feed mine potatos all the time after I've cooked them, and they havn't croaked yet [​IMG]

    My general rule of thumb is that I have to eat what comes out of my chickens, so generally speaking I only feed them cooked scraps so I don't have to worry about heebie jeebies getting into their system and thus into mine.

    And yes, heebie jeebie is a technical and scientifically sound term [​IMG]

    Edit: I found a really helpful chart of items chickens can eat. I love BYC! https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart
     
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  3. Americana

    Americana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No to the potato skins( green tubers, raw peels and sprouts) They can get potato poisoning .
    Raw cabbage is ok as long as it's not moldy
     
  4. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Potato poisoning??????
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Cabbage is one of their favorite foods, flat out. I'd have killed many chickens over the last 50 years if cabbage was somehow dangerous. [​IMG]
     
  6. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed my chickens cabbage. They love it. It's a winter food I give them. I hang it in the coop and they just peck the heck out of it. They love it. As for raw potatoes including skins.... no, they are not good for chickens. I believe they are toxic for them. If they are cooked it's ok.
     
  7. Jcmc

    Jcmc New Egg

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    My girls love mashed potato! So do I,[​IMG] I gave them raw cabbage, I agree with Americana, as long as it's not moldy.
     
  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Potato skins are fine as long as there's no green on them, Cabbage is perfectly fine.
     
  9. Mark & Nique

    Mark & Nique Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cabbage is a MUST -- any part of the cabbage (leaves, head, core)!
     
  10. ntjpm

    ntjpm Out Of The Brooder

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    Once my girls figured out the cabbage toy they went nuts for it. They LOVE it!! Here is a short video it took of them going after their cabbage. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the video.



    [​IMG]

    Tracy in WA
     
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