My 10 week old Barred Rock ate an 8" bead of silicone


In the Brooder
Jun 26, 2016
Hudson's Hope, BC
I saw her fighting with what I thought was a snake, when I realised that she was eating it. As I got closer to the tractor, I saw that it wasn't a snake at all, but a long bead of silicone. I'm not sure where it came from, but as I chased her around trying to get it out of her throat, she swallowed the last of it. Ten hours later and she seems okay, but I'm afraid it will just stay in there and eventually block her up or something.

I've read on here that people had 2 and 3 inch pieces pass through, but 8 inches seems like way too much to me. Any idea on what I could do to help her out on this?
Yikes! That's a good reminder to not leave that kind of worm looking objects around!
Yeah, I don't know where it came from, unless it was on some reclaimed lumber from the landfill and she tore it off. The weird thing is that I have red wigglers and European nightcrawlers and they won't even touch them.

The only thing I can add it make sure she had a good source of grit available.
Hopefully it will get ground up and cause no problems.
Thanks, I have a bin of it that I throw their feed into, just to make sure they know where it is. It seems crazy to me that their bodies are strong enough to grind up some of the things that they do, but I'll keep my fingers crossed.

It's been a day now, and she still seems to be eating and drinking fine, with no snake hanging out of her butt, so I'm hoping everything works out.

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