Tomato plants OK for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by blurose, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. blurose

    blurose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A frost got my tomato plants already. There are still quite a few tomatos on them and I was gonna give those to the chickens. Is it ok to just pull up the whole plant and toss it to them?
     
  2. sutillman

    sutillman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tomatoes are OK, but the plants are toxic.
     
  3. richje100

    richje100 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah agree,ive just found a post & said the same thing. weird, i was thinking the same thing.
     
  4. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tomatoes are in the nightshade family. Definitely toxic.
     
  5. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

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    Really??!! I gave mine to my chickens about a month ago. I did notice they didn't have much to do with them. They picked the tomatoes out and pretty much left the vine alone. I guess I am lucky they thought it was yucky!!
     
  6. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
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    The plant itself contains too much solanine to be safe for ANYTHING to eat it.... so don't let them eat it [​IMG]
     
  7. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    You might want to try making some fried green tomatoes for you and your family as well. We had high winds last week that blew four green tomatoes right off the vines. I didn't want them to go to waste so make Fried Green Tomatoes as an appetizer for dinner that night and my whole family loved them (even DS who doesn't like cooked tomatoes). They actually taste quite different from ripe tomatoes and have a different texture as well.
     
  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Tomatoes are in the Solanaceae or nightshade family.
    The family includes Datura (Jimson weed), mandrake, deadly nightshade (belladonna), capsicum (paprika, chili pepper), potato, tobacco, tomato, eggplant and petunia.

    Chris
     
  9. kikster

    kikster Out Of The Brooder

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    OH NO!!! Hubby just tossed our frost hit tomato plants in yesterday after weeding the garden! Not my girls!

    Gotta go get it outta there!
     
  10. eastbaychicks

    eastbaychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fear.... mine have been munching on the leaves all summer long. I had no idea. Now what? They love the tomatoes and I see them picking at the greens. Ugh.
     

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