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yellow expansion foam pecked at by hens - help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by scrapmom5, May 6, 2008.

  1. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We moved our hens into their home yesterday and we thought everything was hen proof. We were wrong. They found some of the yellow expansion foam peaking from between a crack and peck it off. I don't see any bits among the wood shavings on the floor and think they may of ingested it. Does anyone know what I should do. Will it just pass through them or will it hurt them? Can I do anything for them?

    Please help me.
     
  2. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol, don't worry, styrofoam passes right through them without a problem. For some reason, chickens love to eat the stuff, but it doesn't hurt them.
     
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    the only time I would worry about it is if it was still wet and sticky. That stuff glued my fingers together. Can you imagine what it would do to a beak?!
     
  4. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh thank you guys. I was just panicked to think that my little hens were going to die or something. My awesome hubby finished their adorable home and last night was there first time in it. This morning when I checked on them they were all pecking over near the foam. I just about died. Now that I am relieved from that worry, I can now finish dusting and scrubbing the room they were in until last night. I had nooooo idea a chicken could make such a mess by dusting themselves. LOL

    Thanks again guys.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2008
  5. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    From my understanding, after it has solidified it is non toxic and will simply pass.

    I use "great stuff" every winter and every winter the chickens peck off any that they can get too. I just make sure they can't get to it until it is dry. Never lost anyone because of it.

    Matt
     

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