Will chickens eat things that are bad?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pheonix, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Pheonix

    Pheonix Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2010
    San Jose, Ca
    I was wondering if chickens will eat things that are bad for them? I've heard that things like potatoes, tomato plants, and things are bad for them. I was wondering if they will eat them if they are growing in the garden. I also have paint chips and paper all over the yard and wondered if they would try eating it, and how much they could eat and not die.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    Yes, they will. [​IMG] I have heard of on ecase were someone had put styroform insulation in their coop and didn't cover it with anything. ANd the chickens were pecking and eating that styroform.

    And my uncle swears he found a diamond in a gizzard once. [​IMG] Don't know I believe that....

    But I'm sure there are a ton if things they will eat.
  3. Victrix

    Victrix New Egg

    Sep 9, 2010
    You will find they love tomatoes, and anything else in your garden they can get their little beaks in [​IMG] Mine have eaten paint chips, styrofoam, and various other nasty things, but are still perfectly healthy. You will be amazed at where they can sneak and what they will eat [​IMG]
  4. Pheonix

    Pheonix Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2010
    San Jose, Ca
    Ok, great. As long as they will be ok if they eat a few bad things. I don't care about the tomatoes this year, and actually plan on giving them to the chickens anyways. I just want to make sure they won't be harmed if they eat the potato plants or if I need to fence it off.

  5. Cheep

    Cheep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2010
    Sebastopol, CA
    I broke some glass on the concrete near the run, & didn't get it all up, seemingly. Next day, one of my hens was trying to eat the glass, or so it appeared to me [​IMG]
  6. Alabama ee

    Alabama ee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2010
    I am not sure...I put some Birthday cake in from Walmart. They love bread..but would not touch the Walmart cake. Maybe they are smarter than we think?
  7. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Quote:[​IMG] First sign of intelligence I heard about from chickens.
  8. Mak

    Mak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Londonderry, NH
    Yep, mine ate part of a styrofoam box which I can't imagine is very nutritious! Didn't seem to hurt them any, but I try to keep things picked up around the yard. They were trying to eat a couple plastic tear strips from a bag of oyster shell the other day. Two were actually fighting over the things. Silly birds!

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