I fed hens moldy tortillas...what should I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nater, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. nater

    nater Hatching

    Aug 13, 2007
    I hate being 'that guy'--the first-time poster with an emergency. But I'm housesitting, never taken care of chickens before, and did something stupid: I fed the hens (11 adults) some slightly moldy tortillas. The lady I'm housesitting for said they basically eat anything, that she uses them almost like a compost, etc. etc., so I didn't think much about it. But then I second guessed myself and found several pages online saying never to feed moldy anything to chickens.

    Is there anything I can do at this point? Or just cross my fingers and hope they make it? Like I said, I have no experience with chickens, so I'm clueless and worried. Right now they're roosting on the bars, and seem to be ok. I gave them the tortillas maybe 3 hours ago.

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2007
  2. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    They will be fine, just think of it as a good dose of penicillian.
  3. Bubba

    Bubba Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    What ever you do don't tell the owner :mad: She will put your head on the chopping block! [​IMG]

    They should be fine if not there is nothing you can do....

  4. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    And hope they aren't members of this forum and read your post![​IMG]
  5. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Probably are [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2007
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    We've all made newbie mistakes...don't beat yourself up too much.
    I don't feed my girls anything I wouldn't eat myself...
    If there was a ton of mould and it looked furry, I would've tossed them out. If there was only a couple of spots, I would've cut them off and fed the rest to the birds...
    Could'nt tell I was a mom, huh?
  7. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    I second that one SpttedCrow. I would just continue to watch them at this point nater. What will be will be regardless of how we try to will things to happen otherwise. If you have access to some plain yogurt, you might want to give them some. Those active cultures might help counteract anything that "MIGHT" be going on. It definitely won't hurt them in the least. Good luck to you and let us know how things turn out.
  8. nater

    nater Hatching

    Aug 13, 2007
    thanks for the responses everyone. They all made it through the night...

    So, plain yogurt. Any certain brand or anything to look for? Or just run of the mill stuff?
  9. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Portland TN
    House special brand, as in generic.
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    They should be fine. My birds sometimes eat the moldy bread that grows after they don't eat it for a week!!! Pesky buggers like to dig through the compost!!!

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