HELP!!!!!!!!! Chicken ate string

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dombrowski6, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. dombrowski6

    dombrowski6 Hatching

    Jun 21, 2007
    My son thought it would be a good idea to give the chickens a string to "practice eating worms" with. One of our Barred Rocks now has the string hanging out of her mouth about 6 inches. I cannot pull it out. It is very tight. Not sure how long the string is. Any ideas???\\\\\\
  2. thechickenwhisperer

    thechickenwhisperer In the Brooder

    Hi, how old is the bird? This happened to me and I very carefully extracted it. You MUST make sure that it was just a plain string and NOTHING hanging on it. It must NOT have any knots either. You can either chose to gently, slowly pull, or you can clip it as close as possible to the beak and the bird should kindof hack it down. I think it will be passed in the stool but don't quote me.

    I have had to remove a string from my ducks' bill and from a 14 week old pullet. The call is yours-decide what is best for you.

    Hope you get it taken care of and give us an update.
  3. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I would let the chicken pass it. If you pull on it and the chicken has half of it digested then you could rip it's insides. Same with dogs and cats. My in laws used to have a cat that would eat Christmas tree tinsel and the vet said the same thing. Let the chicken pass it, it's better than trying to pull it out.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2007
  4. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    How old is your son? Can he tell you anything more about exactly what happened? It seems strange to me that it won't slide said above, maybe there is something attached to the other end - ?
  5. thechickenwhisperer

    thechickenwhisperer In the Brooder

    I agree with the intestines remark. I actually caught mine as they were devouring the string and so I knew it did not make it to the digestive track.

    Hows it doing now?

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