I know regular potatoes are bad...but what about raw sweet taters??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cjeanean, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

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    I have some sweet potato halves that fell on the floor....Can I give them RAW to my chickens??? Thanks!!!
     
  2. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would love to know this too. I had peeled a bunch today and since I didn't know for sure, I cooked them for a few minutes in the microwave- so that is an option for sure.
     
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I feed them to mine with no problem.
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Sweet potato is still in the nightshade family.

    I wouldn't take the chance.
     
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    sweet potatoes aren't in the nightshade family they are related to morning glories.
     
  6. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chooks get potatoes...raw, cooked, peeled, sweet taters, not-so-sweet taters, etc...
    You get the idea.
    None have ever dropped dead from eating potatoes of any kind. They seem to relish potato peels and even like them better than apple peels.
     
  7. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
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    Quote:Interesting, I recently read that any tubers should be cooked before feeding them to chickens.....hmmmmm........
     
  8. RickiHupp

    RickiHupp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed ANY kind of taters to my chickens also. I have a great mashed potato pic too. I think they are all okay!!
     
  9. curliet

    curliet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is something that I've been wondering about too. When I was a kid, Gramma kept a big ole enamel dishpan on the counter in the corner. During the course of the day a lot of stuff ended up in that pan, anything that was cleaned, peeled, trimmed, etc. Including potatoes. In the late afternoon she would send me out to throw the stuff into the chicken yard. The chickens were always fat and healthy, and no one worried about potatoes being bad. If anyone else has more experiences with this, I'd love to read about it.
     
  10. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:this is what I do!!
    also from memories of my childhood!!!
    my chickens get all the scraps and love them!!!
     

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