hens and cherry tomatoes...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tws, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. tws

    tws New Egg

    Sep 19, 2011
    here is my video...

    feeding cherry tomatoes to our hens...

  2. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    Yummy treats! Mine got our pumpkin rind after I cleaned it out to make pumpkin bread! Love this season!
  3. chickschool

    chickschool Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2011
    Traverse City, MI
    Our chickens keep our tomato plants "trimmed" all summer long. In the past they would get over grown but since we got the girls 2 years ago they keep them well under control. I just love chickens!
  4. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    First I want to totally agree that hens and cherry tomatoes is a guaranteed combo for good times. Mine are a lot more competitive and get far more excited than your crew. Cherry tomato time at my place, and I grow them just for the chickens, is gonzo!

    However, I've had two casualties from cherry tomatoes getting stuck in airways, one hen died from it, and just two weeks ago, I almost lost another. I was quick though when she went crazy from lack of oxygen and fell over. I ran to her, held her upright and massaged her crop, and it helped dislodge the obstruction. But one more minute and she would have died, too. I've since learned that there's a special "chicken Heimlich". Making sure you have plenty of room, lift the chicken by its feet, bringing it shoulder high, then swing it down between your legs, the centrifugal force will dislodge the obstruction. Just don't let the chicken hit anything when you do the swing.

    Now, when I serve cherry tomatoes, I sit in the run with a knife and cutting board, cutting each tomato in half before tossing them.

    But have you noticed how totally rank cherry tomato poo smells?
  5. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    California High Desert
    Quote:My girls always seem to try to swallow them whole!! I also cut them into pieces for them. I really do not want to try the chicken heimlich!! And yes, tomato poo STINKS!![​IMG]

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