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I caught my hens eating styrofoam

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by OrganicFarmWife, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    My ladies are idiots and ate a ton out of the ceiling of their coop before I finally gave up and pulled it out. It's not really good for them but it's not usually deadly either.
     
  3. sphinxface

    sphinxface Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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  4. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I knew other birds had eaten it, but I didn't know the result
     
  5. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  6. chickensrock12

    chickensrock12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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