Whats the difference between eggplant, aubergine and brinjal?
Nothing they are the same thing just with different names depending on where they are grown.
Can chickens eat aubergine or eggplants?
Yes. Eggplant and aubergine fruit is fine for chickens. As the plant is a member of the nightshade family, all the green parts of the plant contain Solanine which is poisonous to all living things, not just chickens.
You can give your hens the fruit or the skin of the fruit to peck at if you peel yours. Mine seem to quite like it.
Below: A video of my chickens eating Aubergine or Eggplant (Brinjal).
You can see they do like it. As I grow quite a few of these in my greenhouse the hens get quite a lot of overripe ones at the end of the growing season.
Is eggplant or aubergine good for chickens?
Seeds are a nutritious thing for chickens as long as they are edible so it is likely there is considerable benefit from eating eggplant as it contains quite a few seeds.
The fruit itself is a good balance of proteins and other nutrients and chickens benefit greatly from a varied diet.
Below: Chickens eating eggplant. You can see it has bought plenty of them over for a snack.
So yes on balance eggplant or aubergines are a good feed for chickens provided you remove all the greenery and don't overdo it.
Eggplant is deficient in calcium for a chickens requirements.
Is cooked eggplant ( aubergine) okay for chickens?
Cooked is fine as well unless it has been heavily salted.
How to feed eggplant to chickens:
- Remove all the green parts from the fruit, including the little green calyx from the top of the fruit itself.
- Hang in the run to keep them entertained.
- Cut in half and throw out on the pasture for them to peck at.
You can see from the video I feed mine in halves as this gives the chickens something to peck at.