Chickens and Lead Paint

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by new2coop, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. new2coop

    new2coop New Member

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    Another question I figured would be best to ask separately... Our home is over 150 years old. Paint chips have peeled off and are in the grass mostly directly around the house. We plan on either repainting or residing. The paint chips tested positive for lead.
    Would the chickens eat the paint chip and transfer lead to the eggs?
     
  2. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Could. Might want to take and mulch......
     

  3. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    Chances are, they will peck at the lead paint chips. I've had mine peck at peeling non-lead paint on a shed in the back yard. Guess that was my hint I need to repaint the shed this coming summer. ;)
     
  4. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    I'm sorry that was "might want to RAKE and mulch."
     
  5. new2coop

    new2coop New Member

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    I'll put the coup as far from the house as possible. Over time I would imagine the paint chips would become covered with decaying grass and stuff. Although the chickens would end up scratching around. Maybe this isn't such a good idea after all
     
  6. new2coop

    new2coop New Member

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    Or maybe dig down and remove soil