Can My Chicken Eat Paper?

SkylaSilkie

Chirping
7 Years
May 20, 2012
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My chickens ate some paper by accedent. We didnt have any beding so we used shreaded paper.They had no idea what it was, and it looked like a white worm so one ate a piece.I think.
 

donrae

Hopelessly Addicted
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9 Years
Jun 18, 2010
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Wait until you accidently leave some styrafoam where they can get at it!

They'll be fine, they eat lots of things that aren't food.
 

BlazeJester

Songster
8 Years
Aug 2, 2011
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They eat a LOT of things that aren't food. Mine ate the peeling paint off the side of my boyfriend's house for a good year or more - they just get weird tastes for non-food items. Also, just because we don't think it's food doesn't mean it has no value. Styrofoam and paint should probably be left off the menu if at all possible, but anything that came out of the ground, flies or crawls is fair game for chickens.
 

K-12 Chickens

Songster
9 Years
Oct 6, 2010
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Michigan
When I give my hens food on paper plates, if I don't get the plate soon enough, they start to eat the plate as well.
It hasn't hurt mine at all and passes right through them. One piece of shredded paper is nothing compared to the amount my hens attempt to eat. They also go for styrofoam and anything else with a bread-like texture.
 

Julia/e

In the Brooder
Dec 11, 2017
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Recently, my chickens have begun to shred all the newspapers I put underneath on a tray below where they perch. Has worked great for over a year! Each day I roll the newspapers up & especially NOW in the winter, don't have to clean coop as much. But in the last 2 weeks, the coop is a total mess of ripped, torn & eaten newspapers. Think one started, then the others followed (Have 15 of a wide assortment) My guess is because they cant go out in a blizzard of 3 ft. of snow...they are just plain bored
 

FlyWheel

Crowing
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Mar 19, 2016
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Chickens eat sand and gravel without harm (actually, they need both to survive!) What their digestive systems can't handle will just come out the other end. I'm assuming it's just plain newsprint, without any funny chemicals.
 

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