My hen ate my band-aid!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by azygous, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Here's a photo of the band-aid my hen Geobett ate. It's the one at the top, slightly discolored from its trip through her crop and intestines. The lower one is a fresh band-aid so you can see what it originally looked like.

    I wanted to report that, even though chickens will eat the most unlikely things, most often it does no harm, and simply passes through. I found the "digested" band-aid approximately 20 hours after Geobett ate it, just lying on the ground. It had probably been liberated from the poop by an investigating chicken who discarded it as inedible.

    Geobett is a one-year old Speckled Sussex. I don't think she was intending to eat it when she plucked the band-aid from my leg. But when the others saw it in her beak, they gave chase, and she was compelled to swallow it before someone snatched her prize.

    I was pretty worried, having heard much sermonizing on this site about the dangers of chickens ingesting plastic. I wanted to share my experience so others won't worry so much if it ever happens to them.
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  2. AllisonD

    AllisonD Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2012
    Glad she's okay, she's so pretty it would be a shame to lose her. I used to have a rooster (Oh, I miss him!) who would go into the fire pit in the back yard and eat cigarette butts! Needless to say as soon as I realized what was happening, I cleaned all of that up. These birds are crazy.
  3. ladybug29

    ladybug29 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 22, 2015
    Hi! I have a barred rock bantam who ate a bandaid and I have been freaking out. This made me feel so much better thank you!
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    I've lost some pretty weird things to the chickens: a band aid, an earring, a styrofoam cooler (which I left unattended for 15 mins to clean the fish it contained, when I came back to clean it, it was riddled with holes), I even had a chicken peck most of the nail polish of my toe once (don't wear flip flops and red nail polish near chickens, I bet the neighbors found that hilarious, me running from the chickens while they attempted to swarm my feet) and as I just shared on another thread, some shredded paper that I thought would make great nesting material.

    They all survived, looking none the worse for wear :oops:
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Thank you for sharing your story, and photo documentation! What a hoot!!! Made my day!

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