potato peelings - cooked OK?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bram, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. Bram

    Bram Out Of The Brooder

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    I notice on the BYCchicken treat chart that potatoes are good to feed if cooked. So, do I cook the peelings and give to them? Why are raw peelings not suggested?
     
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    i give them cooked potatoes with no problems
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Cooked is fine..i believe. I've never had any problems..
     
  4. TM Chickens

    TM Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the raw peels are poisonous.
     
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I gave them cooked potato peelings without a problem. Same for those potato peeling chips too! Crunch crunch!
     
  6. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cooked or baked is ok, peel or potato... I think the substance that is harmful is solanine and that's why you should not feed raw potato peel or green parts. Solanine is toxic to humans too. I think it occurs in species of nightshade plants and as far as I remember all parts of the potato plant contains solaine.... I'll have to google it for more detail....can't remember [​IMG]
     
  7. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Raw green potato peelings can contain enough of a substance that eating enough of them can produce toxic effects. I don't remember exactly what the potential toxin is. Odds are it wouldn't happen but it can happen. First they have to be green like I said to really have much in them and then your chickens would have to eat enough. I don't worry about it too much with most of my animals but I don't go out of my way to give them potato peels either. Those usually get tossed outside and if the chickens find them they find them. If they don't something else does or the peels quickly break down.
     

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