HI, I noticed my chickens eating straw (which makes me concerned that they will develop a crop blockage) and also pine shavings (which makes me nervous about infection, because the pine shavings are from where they sleep). Their crops are normal so far (judging by feel, and by the amount of droppings I pick up in the morning), and they seem healthy (except for the occasional yellow dropping, which the poultry vet thought was cecal). One of them has starting laying after a winter break. I am waiting for one to starting laying again and for one to lay for the first time.
Is this normal chicken behavior, and if not, does anyone have any suggestions on how to minimize it? I'm thinking they are bored and maybe need some enrichment (or maybe they need to be someplace where they have grass to forage on). Or that they may be eating shavings while waiting for a chance at the feeder in which case, I may need to add another feeding station. I will change to using different materials if needed, but am hoping I can keep on with the straw and the shavings.
Edited by SusanD - 2/8/16 at 10:28pm