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Potatoes

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CalgaryFarmer, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. CalgaryFarmer

    CalgaryFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can you give chickens a raw potatoe?

    Is it better to cook? Of course I know the best answer will be: "fully baked and fully loaded will make them happiest".
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, but not the green ones. Mary
     
  3. CalgaryFarmer

    CalgaryFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry, stupid question. By 'green' do you mean raw or green in colour?
     
  4. CalgaryFarmer

    CalgaryFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Or not fully grown?
     
  5. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The green colored ones, and the "eyes" have solanine in them. It's toxic. But I think a lot hes to be ingested to have an effect.
     
  6. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about chickens, but ducks can have up to 60% of their diet be boiled potatoes with no affect on egg production.* So it is probably fine for chickens too.

    Potatoes with green on them are toxic- the whole potato, not just the green part, so throw those out.

    *Depending on breed. Some did fine on it and others did not.
     
  7. Folly's place

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    Some ducks lay 40 eggs per year, and some 300. I'll just bet that breed matters! Also the rest of their diet, and the potato variety. It's really not simple at all. Some non-green potatoes are fine, but I'd put them in the same category as scratch and other scraps. Mary
     

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