I am renaming my chickens; Hoover and Shopvac....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by allmypeeps, May 1, 2009.

  1. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009

    Ok, I have been nervous to just throw any scrap or veggitation into my coop for my girls as they just don't seem bright enough to rip off tiny pieces and swallow...they are like vacuum cleaners...they dont care how large an object is they are going to try and swallow it....whole slice of bread, whole huge dandilion leaf, non-edible things like a price tag that came off some lumber my husband bought.....a chunk of shingle that blew off our roof in a storm....a chip from a broken ceramic plant pot....OY!

    It makes me worry they will choke! I have been cutting every treat up itty bitty- apples- everything....I know I am being OCD but I have had to pull all kinds of stuff out of their beaks/throats on occasion and I hate to think what wouldve happened if I hadn't....

    Then they do that weird 'neck' jerk, liek they are trying to make something stuck go down....Ohhhh, it makes me so nervous!

    am I just over protective?!

  2. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop

    They are total garbage disposals, aren't they?
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I went over to visit my neighbor's 3 week-olds, and he was feeding them popcorn. It was HUGE for their little necks, and they kept choking it down, with wonky neck-dances...occasionally someone would lift a leg, like they needed to work it down with a little foot action!

    I don't know how they didn't choke, but I walked away and they were all still alive.
    Last edited: May 2, 2009
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yep, suck things down they will try. From scraps, foot long apple peels, baby snakes, mice, you name it they will try to swallow it. Haven't had a chicken ever choke to death yet.
  5. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    After I discovered mine ate the plastic guard off of an 18" box fan, I quit worrying their eating habits. Not to mention how much Styrofoam they have gone through.[​IMG]
  6. MRW

    MRW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2008
    Gales Ferry, CT
    Make sure they get plenty of grit to help them digest that stuff! [​IMG]
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    When my adults were youngsters last summer, the RIR went running around the back yard one day, a jiggly grey thing clenched in her beak. The BSL and BR were in hot pursuit.

    It was a latex balloon. I never did get it away from her, nor did I ever see it again. [​IMG]
  8. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    My DH laughs at me, but I always cut everything up in little pieces before I take it out to my girls. Even the leftovers from everyone's plate, I cut em up.

    Tonight I gave my 15 day old chicks their first treat...made corned beef and cabbage and I washed one of the outer cabbage leafs and chopped it up in teensy tiny pieces. They LOVED it!

    My DH really does laugh and rolls his eyes at me about this though.
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    You know you've got it bad when you're at friends' houses and won't let them throw out food.
  10. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    [​IMG] you got that right!!! I just told a friend to start saving me all the scraps that she & her dogs don't eat!

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