chickens ate airsoft pellets!


11 Years
Apr 16, 2009
Conroe, Texas
I am not sure how many were consumed. My chickens free range in our back yard almost every day for some part of the day. yesterday, neighbor boy had an airsoft gun and was playing in our backyard. I had no idea what was going on- saw the kids playing, shooting "toy" guns- I didnt know what it was. I feel very stupid right now.

About 2 hours later my daughter walks into the house with a handful of tiny round yellow balls. that was when I learned what the kids had been doing IN MY BACKYARD earlier that afternoon. I was so mad(at myself) the kids didnt mean any harm, of course. the bright yellow balls look like something the chickens would think was delicious.

anyway, we went out and picked up as many as we could see, chickens were confined to their run and are still today.

one "positive" is that this morning I saw some of the balls inside their run- bright yellow things just lying in the grass- could the chickens possibly have already
"learned" that they are like tiny rocks and not good for food?

Ive been googling all morning about this. Apparently plastic balls are actually used in commercial chicken farming as a roughage- hmm didnt know that before.
here are some interested things I came across:

anyway, I barely slept last night- thinking I might wake up to sick or dead chickens.

chickens appear just fine today- 2 have already layed like normal. I inspected their poop under their roosts this am and no appearance of any tiny yellow balls.

will they regurgitate them from their crop? will they pass thru them? there is no way they can digest them- I know.

I am glad that I have no plans for today- I am going to watch them closely.

any advice, thoughts, suggestions, reassurances would be appreciated

thank you!
Like tiny rocks they'll probably just pass. Chickens eat rocks all the time. It's what they use to digest many foods and all the greens they pick up with the rocks in the yard. Airsoft pellets are probably less useful and won't break down as well as rocks grinding against each other but unless they eat too many will probably just go on through their digestive system. They'll also probably learn to eat fewer if any at all when they find they aren't useful.
I'm so glad to read this thread. We've got airsoft pellets all over the place, too. I was hoping the chickens would just ignore them, but I have seen them peck at them a couple of times.
We processed a couple roos last weekend and hubby keeps the liver and gizzards for frying. Look what we found!! All of our BB's we've been shooting...

My DH decided to try out his new air soft gun in the yard...grrr. I tried to pick up as many as I could find, but a few days later I watched a chick eat one. Nothing I could do. Distraught I scoured the web without finding much else besides this post. I was elated to see the chick passed the yellow bb on the walk path where I could see it. Whew! What a relief. I was very concerned because the bb's that come with the gun are not biodegradable. DH doesn't do that anymore ;o)

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