turkey's ate part of feed bag

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by amartinlb, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. amartinlb

    amartinlb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    Jersey Shore
    [​IMG] I left the empty heavy duty paper feed bag in the coop after emptying it into the metal feeder rushing off to work. Later my son called that the turkey's were eating the paper bag - pecking away and seemed to have eaten 1/4 ? of it before he saw and got it away from them. None of them (turkey's or chickens) seem to have any ill effects. We plan on processing them for Thanksgiving and he is worried it will do something to the meat. Does anyone see a problem? Should we wait an extra week to process?
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you don't have an extra week to wait. Thanksgiving is next Thursday. You should be processing them this weekend if you want meat for Thanksgiving. [​IMG]

    And to answer your question, no, I wouldn't worry about it.
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    Well if they were to make it beyond Thanksgiving I would imagine they'd be a bit constipated, but it won't hurt the meat. It's not IN the meat, it's IN the digestive tract. Or...maybe they'll have a hint of pine flavor [​IMG]

    Edited for speeling erorrs [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Turkeys are so stupid. They'll eat anything and I'll eat them.

    You have nothing to worry about.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I've caught my chickens eating styrofoam packing peanuts. I've caught my ducks chowing down on broken glass. And I caught my goose trying to gobble up a rusty nail. They all lived to tell the tale. How? I don't know. But they're all still here. Paper is nothing to worry about in light of my birds' dietary adventures.

    Good luck.
  6. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2008
    I've dressed out a quail that had a tiny screw wedged in his gizzard. I don't know how he ate the screw, but it had completely healed over.

    We couldn't tell the difference between him and the others when they were cooked. Although, we opted to not keep his gizzard.

    Paper sacks are fine. I wouldn't worry about it at all.

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    Yep Like the last two posters said, some of us have had birds that have eaten far worse. At least paper sacks are biodegradable. My ducks LOVE to eat styrofoam. I had several styrofoam nursery plant trays that I was trying to save to for the next seasons plants and the wind blew them down from where I had them and the ducks would eat them, and it has never hurt them. So you shouldnt have anything to worry about.
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Okay, what IS it with these birds and styrafoam? Mine have done the same thing, and you can't shoo them away from it, they're back and at it if it's not removed.

    Then again, I'm reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and I'm thinking.......how much of what I eat has the nutritional value of styrafoam? But it tastes good, so I eat it [​IMG] Not to hijack the thread or anything, sorry........

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    Quote:I dont know and I have actually heard a couple people say that giving birds styrofoam to eat will help make them stop picking if they have been picking their penmates.
  10. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    lol, yep to echo the others turkeys will "gobble up" anything [​IMG]
    I have a large diamond solitaire and one of my turkey hens wants to eat that stone more than anything, I would hate to have to butcher her just to retrieve it but that idea doesn't seem to phase her in the least. [​IMG]

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