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- Dec 31, 2020
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- North Alabama zone 7b
I’ve seen the first butterflies and lizards today. Everything is starting to wake up!The
Do birds eat potatoes?!
Yes, I did mean potato plants. Thank you for the correction.You mean potato plants. The tubers should be buried so they should be safe.
I've never had a problem with birds eating potato plants. Potato plants and their cousins tomato plants contain solanine in fairly high concentrations. Solanine is toxic to chickens so I'd assume it might affect other birds too. One bite won't kill them, it takes a fair amount to even make them sick, so they'd have to stand there and really chow down for it to hurt them. But the solanine makes it taste bitter. Really unpleasant. If that is the only green thing around chickens and other birds may eat it but if they have other options they should take a bite or two and then move on to something else that tastes better.