Sweet Potato

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gavinandallison, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    I know you cannot feed ptoato peels to chickens, is that the same rule for sweet potatoes too?
  2. LALASD4

    LALASD4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I am not sure but I have done it and none of the chickens got sick.
  3. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Sweet potatoes are fine, mine really like them cooked. The vines that they grow from are supposedly not good for chickens. My chickens occasionally nibble at them, but mostly ignore them.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I am afraid you are mistaken. It is perfectly OK to feed regular potato peels. What is a no-no is to feed the GREEN potato peels. The GREEN in the potato peel indicates a presence of solanine that is poisonous to humans and chickens. The GREEN potato peels can be on regular potatoes or sweet potatoes. Sunlight concentrates the solanine to a dangerous level and turns the skin green.

    It is not that othey are going to fall over dead the instant they take one peck of a green potato peel. I don't know what the fatal dose is, but I don't feed the green ones at all. I do feed the others and don't worry about it.
  5. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    From what I have read some people eat the sweet potato vine...one of my friends says it is delicious. I've given my girls some of my sweet potato vines and have seen no problems. I have some running all over one of my beds right now and was thinking I should start feeding it to them before we get a freeze.

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