I know potato skins are bad but...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mikey D, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Mikey D

    Mikey D Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2011
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    How about cooked potatoes?

    Smashed taters or (I know, I know) Steak fries?

    Not as a steady diet but maybe a treat?

    The bottom line is: will french fries hurt my chickens?

    And will cooking potato skins render them non poisonous to the chickies?
     
  2. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    It's not the potato or peel that is bad for the chickens, it is the green layer (on some potatoes) between the skin and flesh. I think that layer shows up on some potatoes that have had sun exposure while growing. Potatoes and skin w/o the green layer are fine, and if they have a green layer then they need to be peeled deeper then that level and then the flesh is fine.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, it is only the green potato skins that are bad for your chickens and bad for you. Only the GREEN parts, and yes, that is from sunburned potatoes.

    From what I've read, you have to get that green stuff a lot hotter than boiling temperatures to neutralize it. I would not count on cooking the green part to make it safe. Just dispose of the green parts of the potato so you and your chickens do not eat it.
     
  4. hereorthere

    hereorthere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just out of curiosity - green potatoes are bad for humans in what way? Someone told me about this ages ago, but could not tell me why.
     
  5. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

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    I have heard that also. I suspect it is because they are members of the nightshade family. I just make sure I peel that green skin off. We haven't died yet. They turn green when exposed to light. Keep them taters in the dark.

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  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    The green color is actually caused by high levels of chlorophyll, which by itself is harmless. But it is also a sign that levels of solanine, which is produced at the same time as chlorophyll, have increased as well. According to Alexander Pavlista, a professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, a 100-pound person would have to eat about 16 ounces of a fully green potato to get sick. That is the weight of a large baked potato.



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    Solanine is a glycoalkaloid poison found in species of the nightshade family (Solanaceae), such as the potato (Solanum tuberosum). It can occur naturally in any part of the plant, including the leaves, fruit, and tubers. Solanine has fungicidal and pesticidal properties, and it is one of the plant'snatural defenses.

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  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    As Chris pointed out, the green is bad for you, but you or a chicken would have to eat a fair amount for it to cause problems. A chicken is not going to drop dead with one bite of green potato skins. Just like with most things that are "poisonous" to chickens or to us, there are minimum amounts necessary to cause problems. I don't sweat the small stuff.

    For example, apple seeds and many other fruit seeds contain cyanide. But the apple seeds contain so little cyanide that you or your chickens are not going to eat enough to have problems unless they eat a lot. I don't worry at all about my chickens eating apples in my orchard or them eating apple cores if I've peeled an apple and put the core in the compost pile. They won't eat enough to hurt themselves. But if I make apple butter and have a large amount of seeds, I don't dump a huge pile where they can get to it.

    Would my chickens get sick or maybe die if I dumped a huge pile of apple seeds where they can get to them. Probably not. But if you know of a specific danger, just take reasonable precautions.
     
  8. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

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    Generally, chickens don't eat plants that are poisonous. Henbane is probably the only real danger.

    Chickens will however, eat that rat poison that comes in the little box. Be careful with that stuff.

    Rufus
     
  9. Mikey D

    Mikey D Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2011
    Apache Junction AZ
    Thanks for the great info people!

    So french left over taters are on the OK list now!
     

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