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My hen keeps eating everything and anything!(mostly plastic)

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I have an 8 month old turken/naked neck hen who likes to eat shipping peanuts, feathers, chipped paint, Styrofoam plates, crystallized plastic bottles, plaster among other things.:tongue

 

For those of you wondering how she finds all of this stuff my father owns a dental lab and likes to work in his garage.)

 

Is there any reason as to why she's eating this? (she finds it tasty perhaps lol) She's, along with this other hen sometimes, the only one who constantly finds stuff or purposely looks for it. Once I put a bunch of shipping peanuts in front of her and I had to hold her back because she was so desperate to get to them(no i did not let her go). By the way I feed my whole flock mixed feed. 

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Packing peanuts are often made of corn. What do you feed them, perhaps she has a deficiency. Chickens will peck at almost everything to taste stuff.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens will peck at everything out of curiosity. Mine will also try to eat styrofoam, packing peanuts, not so much plastic.

 

Keep litter picked up is the best thing, and check their diet. Pica (the eating of non-edible things) can be caused by mineral deficiency.

 

Be sure they are on good layer feed (not just scratch).

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley View Post
 

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Chickens will peck at everything out of curiosity. Mine will also try to eat styrofoam, packing peanuts, not so much plastic.

 

Keep litter picked up is the best thing, and check their diet. Pica (the eating of non-edible things) can be caused by mineral deficiency.

 

Be sure they are on good layer feed (not just scratch).

 

LofMc


Huh, I had no idea that there was a word for eating non-edible things. Fascinating!

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Packing peanuts are often made of corn. What do you feed them, perhaps she has a deficiency. Chickens will peck at almost everything to taste stuff.

 

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Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley View Post
 

x2

 

Chickens will peck at everything out of curiosity. Mine will also try to eat styrofoam, packing peanuts, not so much plastic.

 

Keep litter picked up is the best thing, and check their diet. Pica (the eating of non-edible things) can be caused by mineral deficiency.

 

Be sure they are on good layer feed (not just scratch).

 

LofMc

Well, the food I'm feeding her has around 15%-17% protein. I also put some Durvet electrolytes in their water. Maybe she is just really curious? She could be but I have seen my other hens peck at things and not eat them.

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Huh, I had no idea that there was a word for eating non-edible things. Fascinating!

Same here! :D

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