Thursday, May 31st is World No Tobacco Day– an important cause for all health-conscious people. Each year, the World Health Organization highlights the effects of tobacco such as how it threatens the development of nations and harms the public. However, many are unaware of the effect that tobacco has on chickens.
Cigarettes have long been linked to health risks like cancer in humans but few people consider how nicotine hurts animals around them, specifically chickens.
Smokers who own chickens are at risk of endangering the animals, leading them to become very sick as a result of eating the tobacco. Nicotine is poisonous to chickens and leads to health problems. Swarthmore University conducted a study on how nicotine affects chick embryos. The results of the study found that the embryos that were exposed to 1.0 mg of nicotine were dead within 3 days and the nicotine led to malabsorption of calcium, vitamin C, and essential minerals.
Chickens that were raised in backyards in cities might also be exposed to tobacco both by their owners and other people nearby who are discarding their cigarettes. It’s important to be conscientious of your chickens and the likelihood of them ingesting tobacco in order to keep them healthy and free from health risks
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