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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jmantoo1, May 13, 2007.
can i feed my chickens raw potato peels
I am not an expert..........but Grandma always did.....
I've always fed my chickens potato peels. It never hurt them. I've always fed my chickens my kitchen leftovers like potato peels, onion skins, tomato tops, carrot scrapes, and celery tops. They fight over the fresh stuff. Usually they grab what they can and run around the coop.
Green potato peels are not good for chickens or humans due to a substance called Solanine.
Wikipedia says: Solanine is a glycoalkaloid poison found in species of the nightshade family. It can occur naturally in any part of the plant, including the leaves, fruit, and tubers. It is very toxic even in small quantities. Solanine has both fungicidal and pesticidal properties, and it is one of the plant's natural defenses.
Read the complete article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanine
Quote:onions for one are listed as toxic for birds...and Carla (Allen Wranch) explained about the potatoes...do not count on your chickens "knowing" what is bad for them...also do not count on thes "toxic" plants immediately being identifiable by finding a dead bird the next morning...usually it is a slow process damaging organs , inhibiting the ability of your bird to utilize the nutrients in their feed etc.
and here are some more sources for toxicity:
(Feed Chickens Properly)
here are some of my collected articles on nutrition :
(factors contributing to nutritional disorders)
I always heard NO ONIONS, NO RHUBARB, NO POTATOES.