Lead poisining

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickenBro 07, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. ChickenBro 07

    ChickenBro 07 New Egg

    Jun 30, 2016
    I live in Phoenix ,AZ and I have 6 chickens about 5 months old and im wondering where can i check if they have elevated amounts of lead. I have a bullet box and I have been shooting lead bullets in there, but i had a piece of styrofoam in front of it and my chickens pecked at it. please help me, thanks.
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I'm not a vet but I would not think them pecking at some styrofoam bits that bullets had passed though will hurt your birds. Not sure how long it takes lead to leach into the soil but I think it's when they consume actual lead bullets that then get ground up in the gizzard that lead poisoning results. But again, I'm not a vet so perhaps others will chime in. Also, if you have an extension agent perhaps they will know about soil testing. Good luck to you!

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