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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:21 pm 
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I went to the fruit n vegi shop and as usual raded the scrap bin for any chook treats. There was a boxfull of rotten tomatoes that I took. The lady there said if I fed them to my chooks the tomatoes would stop them laying. I said I didn't care as they are moulting and are off the lay anyway.
I've never heard this before ... anyone know if there is any truth in it, or just another 'old wives tale'?

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They certinally did not effect my geese :lol: Nor my chooks when i was getting thme. I was getting seconds from a farm, around 100kg a day and they loved them.

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Mine lovem but I have never fed them in large quantities before.


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Mine get them as a treat once every couple of months or when they steal them off the plants :x
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If you feed your Chookies tomatoes and let them freerange...
you will eventually end up with tomato plants popping up all over your yard!!
Just pull out the ones you dont want :lol:

Never heard of tomatoes stopping them from laying... mine get them reasonably often...and I havnt noticed anything :?


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My chookies get many many tomatoes in growing season because my husband throws the damaged ones over the garden fence. They LOVE them. No ill effects either except very runny poo if they have been real gluttons :lol:

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I wouldn't feed them if they were rotten, but fresh tomatoes are fine. Although some chooks don't like them.

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My chooks love them so much they don't wait for them to ripen just eat them green and yes I have them coming up all through my gardens(bonus). :)

They also eat the grapes green off the vine as well.

My hens are pekinXsilkie and only stop laying when clucky and slow up a little when moulting they are worth they're weight in gold. :)

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Mine eat a couple of kilos a week..............who can resist a $1 kilo bag for slightly overripe tomatoes?? Ahh have to love Woolies LOL.

Every one of my chooks and ducks goes balistic for them AND I had great laying and hatches last season so go figure. Everyone off the lay atm but thats life and looking forward to when they start again.


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My chooks also love tomatoes and have had a pretty good laying season for girls that are less than 12 months old. So far 4 chooks have laid over 500 eggs since November and they get tomatoes every day.

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They are fine to feed to chooks .I think the chooks are attracted to the colour. Just be aware that cherry tomatoes can be a problem . I lost a good bantam show hen one day when she decided to swallow one whole and choked , so I make sure I cut in half or squash them now.


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Tomatoes are fine i grew them commercially .One year i planted 500 plants of cherry.college challenger and gross liss ...Well i thought i did .A 1000 turned out to be cherry .Two different varieties of cherry but still cherry ..

i never want to pick another cherry tom again as we picked 4-7 large wheel barrows a day in the peak ..Then had to sort pack label .Good $ but never again ..
Chooks got barrow loads at times to no ill effect

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