Is styrofoam toxic for chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NHchicks, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. NHchicks

    NHchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2010
    Mine have been munching on a pile of styrofoam that I didn't realize was in the yard (the snow is starting to melt now). I'm picking what I can of it up as it melts, but I wonder if it's toxic for them.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, after a few lbs of stryo has probably gone through my flock over the years as they find some and quicky eat it up... I'd say it goes right through them.
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    same here...
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    The only way it can be deadly to my flock is when DH discovers that they ate the entire sheet of styrofoam insulation covering the outdoor faucet outlet. [​IMG]
  5. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    It hasn't hurt mine. But I do tell them that 'good chickens wouldn't do that; not good ones'...
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    I'm sure it depends on how much they eat. I wouldn't want to test the upper limits of that by experimentation. Just do the best you can do at cleaning up the styrofoam. That's all you can do anyway.
  7. NHchicks

    NHchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2010
    Thanks all. I had a fatality this morning and I'm ruling things out.
  8. BrewedInNh

    BrewedInNh Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Southern NH
  9. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I'm sorry. [​IMG]

    Can't say it's an impossibility, but it seems unlikely. I also had a flock strip our foundation of Styrofoam with no apparent ill effects.
  10. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2008
    I don't know what the attraction to styrofoam is, but I haven't found a chicken yet who would pass at the chance to dine on styrofoam when given half a chance.

    I made the mistake of building a chicken tractor with a sheet of exposed insulation on the interior. It took three feathered eating machines just a few days to eat a big hole right through the insulation (because it was on the interior of the tractor, I didn't see what they were doing until they had eaten a nice size hole in the insulation). I had to pull them out of the tractor for a few days, till I could cover the insulation up with some thin plywood -- let's see them eat THAT!

    Another time, a styrofoam cup flew into their chicken yard from a neighbor's place, and they had eaten the better part of the cup before my wife found it and took it away from them.

    But all of our feathered styrofoam eaters have survived the experience.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2011

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