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Will my ducks eat....

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by yotetrapper, May 4, 2010.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my tomato plants? I'm new to this whole free-ranging thing, and I'm wondering if they'll eat em. I did see them out in my tomato patch but walked up on them before I even noticed them, and they left. I didnt see anything chewed on, but..............??
     
  2. Jeeper1540

    Jeeper1540 Chillin' With My Peeps

    most birds can eat tomatoes, but DO NOT feed them the stems, leaves, etc. i know this about chickens, not completely sure on ducks but im pretty sure it applies
     
  3. HottentotTeal

    HottentotTeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes the greens of the plant are poisonous. They are from the nightshade family, i believe.
     
  4. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I dont WANT them to eat them, just didnt know if they would when free-ranging....
     
  5. classroomducks

    classroomducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the ducks if left free range, will eat your tomatoes. They dont seem to eat the plant part though...they love tomatoes though [​IMG]
     
  6. miniwhipkey

    miniwhipkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to know the answer to this also. Will the ducks eat the leaf of the plant. I don't care if they eat my tomato. I just don't want to hurt the ducks. Also, I know spinach is poisonous to them. Will they eat it out of the garden?
     
  7. Gardentoad

    Gardentoad New Egg

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    I know this is an old thread but I found this group while searching for "ducks eating tomato plants". I have 3 ducks and they ate six cherryl tomato plants that were a couple feet tall. The only thing left are the main stem. This was done over a weekend. I seen they nibbled on them but figured they would stop since most toxic plants don't taste very good. I noticed today that they were stripped. The ducks are acting normal, so far. I hope the eggs are okay.
     
  8. CaptainQwak

    CaptainQwak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tomato plants and other nightshades are toxic... but my understanding is that they are not fatal. I've heard many stories of ducks eating tomato plants without getting poisoned. My ducks got hold of a sweet potato vine that grew down to where they could reach it from my swimming pool... I panicked, worried they would die, but my husband looked it up and discovered that it is mostly a hallucinogen. One of the ducks went on a fish-killing rampage in the pond. LOL. We just watched them and made sure they had lots of fresh water. They were OK.

    That doesn't mean that you should let your ducks eat tomato plants... it is definitely bad for them. I keep mine in a raised bed and trimmed back so they can't reach the leaves. You can put cages around them if you can't relocate. If they fall ill, you can administer powdered activated charcoal to help absorb the toxins (not BBQ charcoal, but the kind used to treat drug overdoses). There is a sticky somewhere on this site on how to give it to the ducks.

    Tomatoes themselves are fine, though, my ducks love them!
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2013

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