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post #1 of 28 Old 01-06-2012, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
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my horse escaped and ate A LOT of chicken feed advice please.

My new horse keeps escaping (please see other recent thread) and has got into the barn where the chicken feed is. He has somehow managed to knock the lid off the chicken feed bin and managed to eat about a 1/4 of the bin. By bin i mean like a big blue round tub that stands around my shoulder height and i'm 5ft 3in. Also he managed to eat about a third of a bale of hay last night. I'm concerned firstly about the risk of him colicing and secondly i've been told that chicken feed is highly poisenous to horses is this correct? When i went to check him this morning before work he was stood still in the field and looked uncomfortable. I couldn't see any obvious signs of colic but i bet he has a major stomach ache. Please could you advise me what to do? I was advised to go by some bran and mix it with warm water. I'm at work now but my mum is going to keep an eye on him today.

should i or should i not.........
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post #2 of 28 Old 01-06-2012, 05:43 AM
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Personally I'd be calling a vet and either talking to them over the phone or having them out immediately. I wouldn't worry about the hay- but consuming that much feed (grain of any kind) would really worry me- especially a feed NOT designed by horses.

Besides, if I'd heard something was highly poisonous and my horse had gotten into a bunch of it then I'd be calling the vet before doing ANYTHING else.
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I've rang for advice and i'm waiting for a vet to call me right back. He has passed poo this morning so hoping there is no blockage.

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while waiting for call back mum has given him liquid parafin. He isn't showing any major signs of colic but as a preventative measure she thought it best to give him it.

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post #5 of 28 Old 01-06-2012, 12:56 PM
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The type of "chicken feed" will have a lot to do with how concerning this is -- many people, for example, feed their chickens a diet of cracked corn and refer to that as "ckicken feed" -also, different brands and formulations within brands will have varying ingredients of varying concern. What, specifically, do you feed your chickens?
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They are not my chickens and i don't feed them so to be honest i'm not entirely sure. My vet said that as we had given him liquid parafin and also a sachet of bute that i was to keep a close eye on him for the next 24 hours. Keep him moving gently and to make sure he sips of water rather than gulping. He thought if he hasn't coliced yet he is unlikely to. What i have noticed tonight is that he is shifting his weight from foot to foot there is no heat or pulse but i'm worried it could have caused laminitis so i have brought him in to a big pen and put alot of shavings down for him.

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post #7 of 28 Old 01-06-2012, 05:51 PM
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This is why ALL feed should be horse proof. Even if it is for the chickens, pigs, dogs, etc. I'm glad you have called the vet and hopefully this wil just end up being a learning experience and nothing more.

I hope all ends up well!!

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I'm glad you called the vet immediately. This could be very serious & I'd be treating it as an emergency. I would also start looking for a good hoofcare practitioner experienced with rehabbing laminitis.

I am presuming the chicken feed is mainly grain? How many bottles of liquid parafin did you give him & has it had any effect yet? I'd also be inclined to drench him with Epsom Salts dissolved in water. I think the main risk is from major hind gut acidosis, which is likely to be pretty severe after eating that much grain, and the magnesium will help as a buffer against the acid. It is the acid & resulting toxins from the dead gut flora that leak through the gut into the bloodstream that is thought to cause acute laminitis. Considering that, I'd also start him on a probiotic asap.

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post #9 of 28 Old 01-06-2012, 07:22 PM
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In the mean time, you can work on securing the lid on the feed barrel, and maybe getting it in a place that the horse can't get to.

I use a bunji cord with D rings on each end and keep my feed in metal trash cans. Even if one of the horses were to knock the barrel over, the top wouldn't come off. We've actually let them have at it while we watched just to make sure.

Hope the horse has no ill effects.
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post #10 of 28 Old 01-06-2012, 07:46 PM
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Could you possibly get a photo of the ingredients of the feed? Not ALL chicken feed is poisonous, but I'd still be VERY concerned that he consumed that much feed. Good luck, hope he makes a speedy recovery.
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