chickens eating bullet casings?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DrDean, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. DrDean

    DrDean Out Of The Brooder

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    I had to shoot a coon who got into my hen house a few nights ago, with my 22. I went the next day to retrieve the casings, but I could not find any of them. Could the chickens have eaten them? If so, will they hurt them and will their eggs be toxic from lead on the casings?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I would think it unlikely that your hens would eat the casings. Even though .22 casings are small, I still think they'd peck at it, determine it wasn't edible and ignore it. Could they have covered them up with their scratchings?
     
  3. DrDean

    DrDean Out Of The Brooder

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    The chickens covering them up is a real possibility.
     

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