styrofoam diet

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rabtfarm, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. rabtfarm

    rabtfarm New Egg

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    Okay the chickens have started in devouring some foam insulating panels...it doesn't appear to have done any harm...but shouldn't the foam source be removed? There are 9 chickens and they have eaten about 2 cupfuls over the last couple of weeks..
    Does anyone know if this can hurt them?
     
  2. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should be OK, but remove the rest, I don't think it's part of their recommended diet. And eating a lot of it can't be good. They don't need it anyway, because they already have perfect insulation of their own.
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I think what we think of as regular Styrofoam (polystyrene) is probably pretty harmless, not a good idea to let them eat it since it could cause blockages. But Isocyanates, like what are in some building insulations/foam boards, read as really bad, I wouldn't want the chickens pecking/eating isocyanate foam board.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've had some chickens that have eaten a lot of Styrofoam, and been none the worse for wear that I could tell. It grosses me out, though, and I would prevent them from eating more.
     

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