I caught my hens eating styrofoam

OrganicFarmWife

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I bought a new appliance and the box had some styrofoam in it. I didn't think much of it, just left it in the box. DD took some of the styrofoam outside and left it in the sidewalk. I looked outside to see three of my birds eating it. They quite a bit gone before I caught them.
I know chickens have an amazing digestive system, but I am not sure how it handles styrofoam. Am I going to lose 3 birds?
 

sphinxface

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My only thoughts is that it could impact their crops, maybe feeding them olive oil(sardines packaged in olive oil is a treat i like to give my sick hens) to keep everything lubricated until they pass the styrafoam is something that seems like a good idea that couldnt hurt them?
 
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OrganicFarmWife

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My only thoughts is that it could impact their crops, maybe feeding them olive oil(sardines packaged in olive oil is a treat i like to give my sick hens) to keep everything lubricated until they pass the styrafoam is something that seems like a good idea that couldnt hurt them?

No sardines, but I do have oil packed tuna in the disaster kit. I will give that a try, cus your right it cannot hurt.
 

chickensrock12

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That doesn't seem good. They are problely going to be stuffed up with a lot of food for a couple of weeks. Don't worry so it will be fine, but try to keep stuff like that away from them.
 

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