sweet potatoes??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by girls and guineas, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. girls and guineas

    girls and guineas Songster

    Nov 30, 2011
    northern GA
    Can chickens have sweet potato peelings?? I need a list/chart of healthy vegs for them!
  2. janinepeters

    janinepeters Songster

    Jun 9, 2009
    I throw all fruit and vegetable scraps and peelings into the compost everyday. The chx pick through it, eat what they want and leave the rest. I have definitely thrown sweet potato peelings in there but I don't know if the eat them. I do know that the like leftover cooked sweet potato.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Pretty much what Janine said. I throw the peelings in there, not sure if they eat them or just scratch them into the floor of the run.
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Raw sweet potato is kind of hard to digest. A lot like white potatoes that way. It won't hurt them to eat it, but they may not show much interest either (or they may scarf it all up).

    Cooked sweet potato they will generally quickly devour.
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  5. Nikki99

    Nikki99 Chirping

    Me too! That's actually what I'm doing right now, looking through this forum to find all the goodies I can safely give them.
  6. PaintedWolf

    PaintedWolf In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2012
    Kitsap WA
    I throw left over sweet potatoes in the food processor to break them down, and my chickens love them. They eat every bit.
  7. sappercs

    sappercs Hatching

    Jun 24, 2015
    Im no expert, I don't know if it is healthy or even good for em, but I know mine got crazy for a cooked sweet potato. I've searched it quite a lot online and have not seen any negatives. I know they don't care for raw, but cooked, they will mug me for.

    I put it in the microwave, 3 minutes, turn it over, 3 more minutes, then cut it into small chunks.

    I then take it out and have some personal time with my ladies and they will literaly jump up into my lap to get to the sweet potato. For about $1.40 a pound, it is some of the cheapest entertainment I've found.
    Linda V likes this.

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