My chickens ate foam insulation

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by annahendricks, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. annahendricks

    annahendricks Hatching

    Mar 15, 2016
    A few weeks ago my flock of 50 chickens ate a piece for foam insulation (2 inches by 4 inches by twelve feet in the course of 1 day).
    I have found no good scientific research about this topic... But am wondering if folks have knowledge of the egg cycle and at what point it might be safe to start eating (and selling) the eggs again? I am assuming the meat will never be safe to eat because of the toxins being stored in the birds fat... But am curious to hear opinions...

  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] x2 on Yorkshire coop's advice, best of luck to you.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hope you find the answer you need. For some reason foam is irresistible to chickens, I've seen a lot of chickens eat it (not mine thankfully).
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    When I started on BYC years ago, many people mentioned that their birds ate foam insulation or any foam they could find. Some called foam, 'crack' for chickens. Who knows what goes on in the minds and stomachs of chickens - weird. at that time no one reported any problems or injuries. I would think it could clog up their crops.

    I would do whatever I could to prevent them from coming in contact with it. Could you put plywood paneling over it to keep chickens away? They will also eat anything shiny like nails, screws, earrings, rings, - hopefully junk in will become junk out, with no harm done.
  7. pfields

    pfields Songster

    Mine ate the side off a small cooler that I had filled with extra water last summer and nothing happen to them. I'm guessing yours should be fine, too.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2016

  8. annahendricks

    annahendricks Hatching

    Mar 15, 2016
    I'm actually not too worried about what will happen to them- I'm worried about the effects of injesing the toxins in foam insulation myself- and on the people who buy my eggs. In particular the fire retardant. My specific question is about the egg cycle- for example, if a chicken is taking medicine that a human would not want to Injest how many eggs will absorb that medicine? I guess it's a matter of degrees as there are so many eggs inside a chicken at a given time.

    Anyone have any information about how much toxins in a chicken are transfers over to their eggs?

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