Can chickens safely eat tomatoes and lettuce?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GroovyFarmer, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. GroovyFarmer

    GroovyFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2016
    I always thought that it was fine to feed my chickens that stuff, but apparently tomatoes are a pretty big no-no and lettuce can cause colic. The tomato one is especially strange for me because I know that my chickens go pretty wild over that and I've seen plenty of people feed their own chickens that stuff with no problem. Thoughts?
  2. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 16, 2016
    North Central IN
    My Coop
    I'm pretty sure tomatoes are on the "safe" list. I have been giving my flock tomatoes here and there and they seem fine.
  3. ECSandCCFS

    ECSandCCFS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2013
    Yes, those are fine. Chickens can eat eat almost all fruits and veggies.
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy GroovyFarmer

    My bantam girls love tomato and lettuce.

    I believe the “big no-no” with tomatoes is not the tomato themselves but the leaves of the plant, being members of the nightshade family. However, I have read heaps of posts from people whose chickens also eat the tomato plants.

    The issue with lettuce is apparently that it is not a very nutritious food.

    In our hot summers the gals love their lettuce, tomato and watermelon which aid with keeping them hydrated.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016
  5. I actually plant my tomato plants in large pots outside my coop door for the fact that my birds will not touch the plant or the fruit either..I have never fed my Chickens tomatoes...I do feed Romain lettuce...Iceburg lettuce is the one they say not to feed because it can cause watery poop...I feed my Chickens more cucumbers, apples, pumpkin, squash, purple cabbage, corn on the cob and many other fruits and veggies...They also love cooked elbow macaroni .....

  6. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    tomatoes and lettuce (we grow Romaine) are fine for chickens.
    my flock gets fresh fruits and veggies daily.
  7. GroovyFarmer

    GroovyFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2016
    Thanks for all the responses everyone! They sure made me feel a whole lot better about feeding that stuff to my chickens. I thought I had been poisoning my flock all this time! What a relief! [​IMG]
  8. PetesChicks

    PetesChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2016
    Southbridge, MA
    Lettuce is one my girls don't seem to care about. I would pick some (Red leaf) lettuce from the garden and put it in their run, it would still be there a couple hours later. Tomatoes - they go nuts! Ever see a 3 month old silkie try to pick up a tomato and run away from the other girls? [​IMG]

    They also like cherries (without the pit), and grapes. And CORN is the favorite. I'll break an ear up into a few pieces, and they go nuts for it. My shy girl will wait off to the side & pick up any kernels that go flying, then get the cob when the other girls have had their full and go back to looking for bugs & stuff.
  9. Little Fuzzy

    Little Fuzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2016
    Do you peel the cucumber before feeding it to your chickens?
  10. GroovyFarmer

    GroovyFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2016
    For cucumbers, what I like to do is slice them in half down the long side and let my chickens pick at it.

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