Tomatoes?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chick1043, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
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    Can chickens have tomatoes?
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Mine like them, but my peacocks LOVE them! [​IMG] Feed away! [​IMG]
     
  3. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sure hope so. Mine have been getting 1-2 tomatoes a day. I grow organic so some split or get spots and any that touch the ground get ants. So any that aren't perfect get cut up and sent to the chickens with alittle millet and black soldier fly larvae. They love their daily snack so much the feed rate is greatly reduced.
     
  4. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. In fact, tomato foliage is edible, even to humans, apparently, or at least not toxic to the point of being a problem in small quantities. There was an article in the NY Times food section a year or so ago about a couple of avent garde chefs using tomato foliage.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/d...l=1&adxnnlx=1282575793-wNCFNqNTvT2VPM3ROlhJxg

    A lot of people will let chickens, turkeys, geese or ducks into their gardens in the fall to clean up things like the tomato vines -- they will just leave behind the tough woody stems, making the rest of the cleanup a lot easier on the gardener.

    Last year, I had the worst problem getting deer to stay away from my tomato plants. They stripped them bare a couple of times. I finally tried dusting with dried blood in early July, and did manage to get enough for the year, although not nearly the crop I should have had.
     
  5. Amyh

    Amyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they love tomatoes! I often will glean a box of split tomatoes from the farmer's market and just dump them in the run. They love them!
     
  6. itsmechrissy

    itsmechrissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know, I always have a ton of extra tomatoes!!!
     
  7. SUEHUMP

    SUEHUMP New Egg

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    I give mine toms and they love them, do you know if you have to cook veg peelings for chickens
     
  8. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to fence my chickens out of the garden just so I could have some! [​IMG]
     
  9. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    OK! Thanks!
     

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