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Is cooking oil harmful if ingested?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by awheel11, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. awheel11

    awheel11 Chirping

    Jun 23, 2010
    I was gone on a week long vacation with the family, and we had a friend feeding and watering our animals. I came home and noticed my coffee can of cooking oil had disappeared. (it had been used to coat their legs when I was dealing with leg mites) I went to go wash out the waterers in both of my pens and they had cooking oil in them! She somehow thought the cooking oil was water I had sitting in there and added it to my waterers. I have no idea how long she had been using it or how much was in each one. They were really greasy though. I washed them out and put in fresh water. My chickens are all acting normal, but could this have harmed them?
  2. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    I would think your chickens will be okay, as olive oil is used for sour crop problems. I'd imagine the chickens were thirsty, though, with only oil to drink. How does someone confuse oil for water? I hope everyone's okay.
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I don't think so. It shouldn't hurt them. It's just fat after all.

    I don't understand how someone could mistake oil for water, and WHY on earth would you use stale old water from a can, when you need to be refilling them with FRESH water?????? Perhaps you should ask your petsitter what the heck she was thinking?? And consider finding someone else next time.

    I would have been more worried about the chickens getting dehydrated in the heat....I mean who wants to drink greasy water??? Ugh [​IMG]
  4. awheel11

    awheel11 Chirping

    Jun 23, 2010
    i'm not sure how she did it [​IMG] there's even a hydrant right beside the chicken coop so it's very easy access to get to. The chickens were very happy to see they had water again and were at the waterer for some time lol. I think they're gonna be just fine but wanted to make sure. Thanks!
  5. This is the second post I just read on here about someone not taking care of a persons animals right . . .but yours is sort of funny. I bet the chickens talked about that funny thickish water at night when it was lights out!!! [​IMG] You would think she would have noticed the different consistancy though wouldn't you??? Bet their poop slid right out with no problem too!! [​IMG]
  6. beachchickie

    beachchickie Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    Well I guess nothing will get stuck. No eggbound girls for you
  7. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    Nope. It shouldnt hurt them. Olive oil is used for impacted crop and other problems with chickens. I think your chickens are gonna be finnee [​IMG]
  8. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Another reason that I will never be able to take a vacation....

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