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EATING STYROFOAM....HARMFUL?

post #1 of 17
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This weekend our coop got really cold so we went out and insulated with 2" styrofoam.  The problem is that are baby chicks pecked and eat some of it.  We thought we had everything covered up or out of reach but, the were like magnets to this stuff.  Is it going to hurt them?

2 children, 3dogs, 2 cats and now 65 chickens.   Love them all, but the chickens are cheapest entertainment.
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2 children, 3dogs, 2 cats and now 65 chickens.   Love them all, but the chickens are cheapest entertainment.
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post #2 of 17

Mine ate some expandable foam insulation once. They were all OK. I tell you they can find anything, it is amazing how good they are at getting into things they should not. lol

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post #3 of 17

No, it won't hurt them unless they broke off a piece too large to pass through their system.  smile  They are probably bored, but then again chicks are naturally inquisitive!  wink

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post #4 of 17

A quote from Nifty-Chicken, the Administrator of BYC:  

"I gave up on my birds knowing what was best for them when I caught them all eating a block of Styrofoam pellets."


But I believe all his Styrofoam eating chickens are still with us...

post #5 of 17

If it was harmful, my chickens would have been dead a long time ago! wink
Kitty used to have a 3" thick styrofoam "house" to get out of the winter weather.  Now thanks to the chickens it has holes in it the size of dinner plates.  No wonder Kitty hates the chickens.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #6 of 17

It occurs to me that in the world of chickens, styrofoam is equivalent to popcorn... pop

Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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post #7 of 17

I should have added that in my infinite wisdom I bought several sheets of the Dow styrofoam insulation to completely line their original coop (a 10'x10' kennel overwrapped with small opening poultry wire, sides and top).  They ate HUGE holes in it everywhere they could reach.   barnie   I'm sure it's not good for them, but I'm really glad it wasn't deadly, or I'd have NO chickens.   They are now in a shed which my husband somewhat begrudingly sacrificed so they could be warm, dry, and styorfoam free... smile  Bless his heart!  big_smile

Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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post #8 of 17

My older chickens once found styrofoam in the garden one day and went crazy for it - they loved the cracking noise it made when they pecked it! Last batch of chicks i hatched out went crazy for the newspaper in their brooder - ignored their mirror, ball, perches etc and instead decided to rip their newspaper bedding into tiny pieces roll

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post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by gritsar 

If it was harmful, my chickens would have been dead a long time ago! wink
Kitty used to have a 3" thick styrofoam "house" to get out of the winter weather.  Now thanks to the chickens it has holes in it the size of dinner plates.  No wonder Kitty hates the chickens.


Same here! The barn cats had inverted styrofoam cooler houses and well, the chickens would take a few bites of it after eating all the cat food and flipping the cat water! Poor cats, abused by chickens.

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Need egg candling reference pics? Click HERE!
2011 Coop build! Click Here!

 

I'm no expert, there is always something to learn, and my birds are livestock, so... yes, I may be quite blunt. wink.png

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post #10 of 17

I insulated mine with styrofoam too...the next day I wnt and got plywood and covered it all...<sigh>. Why is NOTHING ever easy? roll

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