New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

eating drywall

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

o.k. here's the scenario. My five and a half week old babies are in their brooder in the basement. Plenty of room and I just recently changed the light from heat to regular. They are growing like weeds. Tonight I'm in the bathroom which is on the other side of where they are and I hear tapping/pecking hu. I go around the corner and here's the six of them pecking away at the drywall and I'm pretty sure eating it barnie! I put a piece of plywood in against the drywall so I think they'll be deterred tonight. Is the drywall going to hurt them?

In Memorium~You will never be forgotten sweet Lulu
http://animoto.com/play/yQRVA1Sv357AmYiuexYIyw?autostart=true
Reply
In Memorium~You will never be forgotten sweet Lulu
http://animoto.com/play/yQRVA1Sv357AmYiuexYIyw?autostart=true
Reply
post #2 of 7

How did they get to the drywall from their brooder? 

If you caught them in the act, it doesn't sound like they had a chance to eat much if any.

If you don't have a top on the brooder, it may be time for one to keep the little cuties safe and out of trouble.

Good luck

~Make every day a great day - life's happening now - not when you're younger/older, richer, smarter, or retired~
Hobby farmer to include: chickens, ducks, Tennessee Walker horse, mini pony, 3 herding dogs, 2 house cats, 1 house bunny, 1 parakeet
Reply
~Make every day a great day - life's happening now - not when you're younger/older, richer, smarter, or retired~
Hobby farmer to include: chickens, ducks, Tennessee Walker horse, mini pony, 3 herding dogs, 2 house cats, 1 house bunny, 1 parakeet
Reply
post #3 of 7

Chickens eat all sorts of unusual things. I don't know for sure, but I suspect they'll be just fine.

Imp- BTW drywall is better cooked.


Edited by Imp - 7/31/09 at 7:12pm

 

 

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

Reply

 

 

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

Reply
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

their brooder is three sections of plastic dog gate, the kind that snaps together so there is an open side which is pushed up against the wall In other words, the wall is the fourth side. hope this makes sense! fl

In Memorium~You will never be forgotten sweet Lulu
http://animoto.com/play/yQRVA1Sv357AmYiuexYIyw?autostart=true
Reply
In Memorium~You will never be forgotten sweet Lulu
http://animoto.com/play/yQRVA1Sv357AmYiuexYIyw?autostart=true
Reply
post #5 of 7

Chickens DO eat weird things!  We insulated the coop.  Put sheets of foam type insulation behind the walls but just shoved it between the rafters in the ceiling.  A piece came down and the chickens ate quite a bit of it before we discovered it had come down.  Surprisingly, no problems.  (Although we DID attach the insulation better so it would stay UP where it is supposed to.)

I have read that chicks aren't supposed to get too much calcium, and I believe drywall is made of calcium sulfate (gypsum).  I only have a very shallow knowledge of chemistry, but if they continue to munch on it they might get too much calcium in their diets, so it is probably good you blocked it off before it became a habit.

post #6 of 7

The raw materials that make up drywall should pose little or no problems, the problems lay in what chemicals and binding agents are used to manufacture drywall. who knows if it will be or cause any ill effects.

                                                      AL

Standard White Cornish, Dark's & White laced Red Cornish Breeder..........If you don't have Cornish you don't have Chickens. Breeding the best, to the best.
As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
Reply
Standard White Cornish, Dark's & White laced Red Cornish Breeder..........If you don't have Cornish you don't have Chickens. Breeding the best, to the best.
As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
Reply
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Imp 

Imp- BTW drywall is better cooked.


yuckyuck

In Memorium~You will never be forgotten sweet Lulu
http://animoto.com/play/yQRVA1Sv357AmYiuexYIyw?autostart=true
Reply
In Memorium~You will never be forgotten sweet Lulu
http://animoto.com/play/yQRVA1Sv357AmYiuexYIyw?autostart=true
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Raising Baby Chicks