HELP!! Chickens ate styrofoam!!!**

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tripp16, Jan 16, 2012.

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  1. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Hi everyone. Im freaking out. I got out today and I must have dropped a styrofoam egg carton in the coop (egg cartons are stored in a bin while not being used in a chicken house.)

    Well I got back out and my little bantams all had HUGE crops and have of the styrofoam egg carton was GONE!! What should I do? I know styrofoam doesnt break down but is there anything I can do?

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am no expert, but chickens eat a lot of weird things.. so... I think you just have to wait it out and see if it passes.. maybe massage their crops?

    Give them some buttermilk, yogurt -- maybe some oatmeal or whole grain bread for extra fiber with the probiotics?

    Best of luck.
     
  3. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Thanks for the help. Will give it to them first thing tomorrow morning!
     
  4. Greenskeeper

    Greenskeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year I had put pink foam board up in my coop ceiling to hold heat in. Well all of a sudden I noticed they had pecked and eaten a significant amount of it. I removed it, all my chickens are still with me. They seem pretty tough!
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    They should be fine but yes they will ingest almost anything that isn't nailed down!
     
  6. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine have done that before. I also found a teeny piece of styrofoam in one of my duck's eggs once [​IMG] so I try to make sure there's none where they can get to it.
     
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Styrofoam is like chicken crack. They cannot resist it.

    My flock has destroyed a lot of Styrofoam packing material. I don't think any have died of it.

    There cannot be one single piece of Styrofoam packing material loose on the floor in my house. If there is, a chicken will get into the house and will find it.
     
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  8. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, one of my girls eats white paint. Anywhere she finds it, she pecks at it and eats it. I also had some plastic trim I was putting up on their coop and they ate some of that too. They're like that little kid in elementary school who always at the paste!
     
  9. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    YOU COULD TRY PUTING A LITTLE OF OLIVE OIL DOWN INTO THE CROOP, PERHAPS THAT WILL KEEP THINGS MOVING PROPERLY. Good lUCK!
     
  10. hemet dennis

    hemet dennis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don't worry it will pass. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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