In the Brooder
Mar 3, 2018
Hey y’all. I’m a first time chicken owner. I’ve got 9 beautiful birds, 2 buff Orpingtons, 2 dark Brahmas, 2 ameracunas, 2 blue laced Wyandottes, and one white silkie. They are 3 weeks old and are INTENTIONALLY EATTING SHAVINGS (face palm) I haven’t noticed this behavior up until now. They have food (mash and dry both provided) and the mash is raised up, I provide grit although they love to dust bath in it and throw it everywhere. They will be scratching around and will eat the savings or they will jump in there food and they’ll all go crazy for whatever shavings fell into the food dish. Or they’ll find a “special piece” and they’ll fight over it. I’m confused as to why they’re doing this? And they perch on the edge of their brooder and all of there droppings end up on my laundry room floor (another face palm) and I notice there’s a few droppings that look to be almost solid pine shavings? Should I remove all the shavings for a few days? Thank you for all the advice and tips. I don’t want them to choke or end up having malnutrition.


Oct 22, 2017
My Coop
My Coop
If they have grit I don’t think it would be fatal. My 7 month pullets eat clean shavings sometimes and never show any signs of illness. They still lay perfect eggs and act like the sassy, spoiled chickens they are.

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
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12 Years
Aug 26, 2009
Out to pasture
Maybe if you changed type of shavings, they wouldn't be so tasty???? Chicks are weird.
Maybe they don't like the particular feed they are getting.

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