OK, I'm not saying who's on which side of the issue, but there was a "discussion" in our house last night about feeding moldy asparagus to chickens. Our chickens are egg-layers, not pets, and while we do find endless hilarity in their antics, we would not take them to a vet or anything expensive like that. We are also fairly new to chicken ownership, and both come to it with both pre-conceived and recently-formed opinions. So, what I'm looking for is SOLID EVIDENCE about whether moldy/old vegetables will hurt chickens' digestive systems. I know that some people won't feed their chickens anything they wouldn't eat themselves, and others let their chickens free-range in the compost pile in addition to eating any and all food scraps. People don't usually eat moldy bread, but bread mold isn't actually toxic (to us). Obviously poisonous plants like rhubarb leaves, buttercups, and all the usual suspects are off the plate, but does anyone have an actual instance of chickens eating spoiled X,Y, or Z that caused obvious issues? Our case had to do with moldy/slimy asparagus - it was beyond cutting off the bad parts, and our choice was to compost it or to feed it to the chickens. An argument ensued, but no one had solid evidence on either side! So I'm looking for either "I fed mine moldy whatever and they all dropped dead", or "I've been feeding mine moldy whatever for 40 years and they all lay two eggs a day." Help me out here, people! Evidence, not opinions!