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My chicken ate a large piece of rock - what to do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Brasspaperclip, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. Brasspaperclip

    Brasspaperclip New Egg

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    Apr 16, 2012
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    Hi everyone,

    My 6yo was "showing" our 3-month old Rhode Island Red a large piece of a geode she just got and before she knew it, the bird had snatched up the rock and swallowed it. Anyone know what's going to happen to that rock? Will it just stay in her gizzard and help grind up food? I'm worried about if she tries to pass it.

    We are totally new to chickens and have zero experience with this, so any advice would be great!

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If it is not too big, I'd imagine it will end up in the gizzard until it smooths out and then passes. If it is too large, I'd worry about it causing a blockage or something.

    I hope it will be ok!!!

    Chickens swallow all kinds of horrible things - I once had one swallow a tarp string/piece.
     
  3. Brasspaperclip

    Brasspaperclip New Egg

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    My daughter and my husband said it was pretty big...but it's a fragile rock, so hopefully, it will break up easily. I hope she doesn't get a blockage. Thanks for your comment!
     

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