Potato Peels

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by justduckie, May 1, 2007.

  1. justduckie

    justduckie In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2007
    Is it ok to give my chicks potato peels? I made some french fries tonight and saved the peels but don't know if it's ok to feed them. I'm saving them till someone tells me is ok.[​IMG]
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    It is my understanding that chickens dont like root plants, and probably wont eat them. Not that they are bad for them, they just dont like them. you can see if they will, but dont be suprised if they dont gobble it up.
  3. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    The Sunny South
    If you bake them, they will eat them! When I have left over baked potato, and my chickens chow down. Just remember-moderation for treats.
  4. nuchickmama

    nuchickmama Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    Rock Island, TN
    Our adult chickens love them!! We fed them some yesterday from french fries I made Sunday night. They went crazy.
  5. Oaknim

    Oaknim In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2007
    Sylvia, KS
    If you feed any part of potato, I have the understanding that they have to be cooked first because uncooked, they are undigestible and cause problems with digestion and possibly illness. I put our (cooked) potato peels in the compost pile and the chickens have scratched through them, but never eaten them. ~ Oaknim
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I give my girls potato peels. They like em! I just make sure I slice them up a bit....so they can eat them easier.
  7. justduckie

    justduckie In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2007
    OK! Well, I'll cook them in the morning and try it out. If they don't like them, I just throw them in my new compost pile. [​IMG]
  8. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Remember if they have any GREEN bits, to throw them away or compost them. Even people are not supposed to eat the green spots on potatoes because they can be toxic.
    Last edited: May 2, 2007
  9. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    The toxin is solanine--a glycoalkaloid, toxic in small amounts. The entire potato plant contains solanine as well, that's why I keep my garden fenced off from chickens.
    As long as you cook the peelings, your chickens will be fine.
    Last edited: May 2, 2007

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