Stop Using Metal Dishes Now

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kovalciks Chickens, Jul 13, 2010.

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  1. Kovalciks Chickens

    Kovalciks Chickens Songster

    Aug 25, 2009
    Richmond, Michigan
    My Jap offspring were eating out of empty tin cans. They then went blind because of it. A study was done in the University of Mi, or Mi State, after a lady's birds kept dying. They found that the metal was entering into the birds systems and were killing them. SO STOP USING METAL DISHES.

  2. Settin'_Pretty

    Settin'_Pretty Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    North Georgia
    Chicken little... the sky is falling... run run

    I think you should really research a bit more before spreading posts like that around.
    you aren't doing anyone any service, including yourself.
  3. sjh

    sjh Songster

    Apr 23, 2009
    I am using a metal feeder made in the 40s or 50s. Haven't seen a chicken dy from it yet.
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:Please provide scientific verification. Panic posts are rarely verifiable, can you verify your info? What type of metal? Where's the link to the study? What's your source of data?

    Thank you! [​IMG]

  5. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    I doubt that galvanized feeders and waterers harm your chickens since they have been used as long as I can remember. Also, last I looked canned food was still packed in metal cans. If you've got a study from some accredited Michigan university, post a link to it.
  6. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    We use Galvanized also. Some are new and some may be as old as 20 years or so. No issues for our birds.

    Edited to add that I did a quick search for the study that you mentioned and had no luck using Michigan Study, Chickens, Blind, Metal Feeders, Galvanized Feeders or Tin Feeders.

    Perhaps you could find more information?
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2010
  7. Kovalciks Chickens

    Kovalciks Chickens Songster

    Aug 25, 2009
    Richmond, Michigan
    Okay Im talking any metal such as aluminium, steel, a common one is tuna cans. I have read this a few times over the internet and always figured my chickens were fine. Then I lost 2 roos to these metal dishes. Im sure galvinized wont be as bad, but they may still be consuming the small microscopic metal flakes that enter into their system. And by the way I have read this in 3 different sites and I cant find them, but Ill keep looking.

  8. tri-5-ron

    tri-5-ron Songster

    Feb 6, 2010
    Orange County
    Was she using a Pewter/lead feeding dish ?
    pretty sure those were no longer being used somewhere around the 18th century.
  9. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

    Apr 19, 2009
    How do you know a tin can made your chicken go blind?

    One of the most common causes of blindness in chicks 5+ weeks is Mareks. Generally it also results in death. Were these "your Jap offspring" as in those you bred and hatched yourself? Did you vaccinate them at day one?

    Another cause of blindness in chickens of all ages is NH3 toxicity. How well ventilated is your coop? How clean is your run?

    And, as already pointed out, if you've ruled out the above and come to a concrete conclusion that it was in fact metal "cans" that were at fault for the blindness and deaths and you'd like to be taken seriously provide credible sources for the information you claim to be true. [​IMG]

  10. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Songster

    Jul 13, 2010
    Savannah, NY
    i would never even try a tuna can for fear of mercury poisoning?

    I use some galvanized metals but im less than 6 months in so what do i really know?
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