is smoking near chickens bad

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sybil, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. sybil

    sybil In the Brooder

    Feb 7, 2008
    Oh my god! My mother caught my boyfriends brother smoking a cigarette in front of her baby chickens talk about freaking out was there really a need for her to act like we were beheading the them?
  2. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster

    HI it wouldnt harm them on that level,

    however i DO like smoked chicken myself.. [​IMG] LOL

  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    As a smoker, I'd say second hand smoke is not good for any living thing to be around and with bedding thrown into the mix it could be a potential fire hazzard, so I wouldn't smoke around them.
  4. Smoke is bad for everyone and everything.
  5. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster

    I wouldnt worry about it to much its not like they are in a cloud nine of smoke and im sure it was very brief,,

    Some of our big citys have bad air but that doesnt stop folks for living and going there...

  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I do wonder if the smoking harms hatching eggs, though. They are porous, as we know, and when someone is smoking as they package them up to mail out, trapping those toxins in with the eggs, it could possibly affect hatchability. I received one box that reeked of cigarette smoke once and that was my worst hatch of shipped eggs ever, so it's something to think about. Of course, with all the factors involved in shipped eggs, it may not have been that, per se, but it's worth considering as another factor in a bad hatch of shipped eggs. They have enough strikes against them, right?
  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    I think your mom may have over reacted like society generally does
    with smoking. The biggest risk of smoking around chickens is that
    they will swallow a cigarette butt. That would almost definately
    kill a chicken.
  8. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    And you wouldn't want them to take up the habit themselves. 10 chickens with a pack a day habit would become a little expensive. [​IMG]
  9. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Quote:Good point. :| Their beaks would be all stained too. Yuck.
  10. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Smoking is bad around any living thing. As is second and third hand smoke!

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