Packing Peanuts Feast??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SouthernBYChickens, May 23, 2012.

  1. SouthernBYChickens

    SouthernBYChickens Chirping

    Dec 7, 2011
    My girls were free-ranging yesterday and they lucked up on a few Styrofoam packing peanuts on the ground. They ate them like it was popcorn. I couldn't get to them in time before they had already ingested some. Ofcourse I cleaned up the remaining, but I was concerned about what they had already eaten. Does anyone see a problem that can be caused by them ingesting some or should it just smoothly go on through and out the other end with no problems? Thanks for the input!!
  2. TinTennessee

    TinTennessee Songster

    Mar 25, 2012
    Springfield , TN.
    My Coop
    I would say it depends on the type of packing peanuts. Some are water soluble. Others are real Styrofoam like a cooler. Either way its probably not real good for them. Just keep an eye on them to make sure they don't get constipated. If they do you might try giving them some molasses.
    Last edited: May 23, 2012
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I've never understood the chicken fascination with Styrofoam, but they do love the stuff. It's not particularly good for them (literally nutritionless filler) but it won't poison them either. If they've already eaten some I would not worry about it, but I would pick up any that remain so they can't eat any more of it.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    My chickens have eaten so much styrafoam over the years is's disgusting! No ill effects from anyone. They will hunt that stuff down, I'm telling you.
  5. BirdyMe

    BirdyMe Songster

    My flock once got a hold of a styrofoam cooler that had blown out of the burn barrel, and when I found them, they had eaten almost everything but the lid! Little brats. x) But mine were always fine. :)
  6. SouthernBYChickens

    SouthernBYChickens Chirping

    Dec 7, 2011
    Thanks for all your replies. I feel much better about it now. :)

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