My hen ate styrofoam!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SpeckledHills, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2008
    I left one of my hens wandering in the barn workroom for a little while, and came back and noticed she'd been pecking at a big piece of styrofoam and eating it!
    Her crop is tight as a drum. Based on what I know she also ate, it's about half full of bits of styrofoam. She acts like it's painful for me to massage it much.
    I put a couple dropperfuls of vegetable oil down her, and have put her in a cage with water but no food.
    Anyone have experience with a similar situation? Will she likely be alright? Is there anything else I can do?
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2009
  2. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Definitely continue with the vegetable oil, and massage her crop slightly.
    If possible, try and give her Apple Cider Vinegar in her water, to avoid any mould, that may be caused. I have never had a situation like this, but hopefully it will pass through in the next few days.

    Hopefully someone more experienced will help aswelll

    eggsrcool [​IMG]
  3. Chickenfortress

    Chickenfortress Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    If this was even the slightest bit dangerous all of my birds would be dead. Long, long ago dead. Our yard naturally collects junk from the wind, and styrofoam seems to collect here. We try to keep it picked up, but miss peices. While insulating the ceiling in the coop we had pieces on the ground, and they ate caverns in them while our backs were turned. The foam worried me, and I still chase them away and put it out of reach, but it did no harm at all.
  4. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2008
    THANK YOU to both of you!!!
    Chickenfortress, you really help allay my fears. And Eggsrcool, I will keep up oil, and add ACV in case the hen does have trouble.
    Thanks so much! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. blue fire

    blue fire Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Yup... mine would be dead as well long ago. I have this Styrofoam block that I have to put somewhere else because the chickens will chip away at it.
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Quote:[​IMG] Mine all loved the styrofoam insulation we put up in the henhouse years ago. They picked at it as high as they could reach! They are all still with us.
  7. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Keep us updated.
  8. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    Helps um stay afloat in the rain!!!![​IMG]

    But really, my chickens have eaten this stuff with no ill effects at all, they even ate the side off my old bater i was saving for parts.

    Mine also like to eat the perlite and fertilizer out of my soil in my potted plants.
  9. Grapefruit Moon

    Grapefruit Moon Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2009
    I wonder why they like this stuff. I wonder if they "digest" it in a way that allows it to decompose faster. Mine eat it also, but I don't recall seeing any in their droppings.
  10. babyriver

    babyriver Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    N E Florida
    Yeah Chickens LOVE [​IMG] Styrofoam [​IMG] dont know why but it must be taste to them.

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