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chickens eating holes in barn

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Crazy Chicken Fever, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. Crazy Chicken Fever

    Crazy Chicken Fever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2009
    Does anuone have any idea why some of my birds have decided to pic holds into the t1y11 siding on my barn. It started as one hole now has become 2 large ones. I'm wondering if its because once the red paint is gone the wood is exposed and the color is different...any ideas?
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Is it plywood or a flake board type siding?

    Guessing here.

    Now a habit
    Great taste, less filling
    Trying to make a break for it?
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Fred's Hens :

    Great taste, less filling


    Seriously though, your birds must have some tough beaks...is the wood dryrotted?? If it's just one main area/spot, I'd simply tack a thin section of paneling or something over the spot...​
  4. Crazy Chicken Fever

    Crazy Chicken Fever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2009
    Haha...cracking up over here! Well it started with one spot now they have 2 spots on each side of the hatch door that are large. The siding is not rotten they must just be bored.
  5. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

    Apr 7, 2011
    Boonies of NY
    My Coop
    My hens started doing this to the old wood platform our shed is on-- the wood is old and softer, but still solid. I don't really know why, and I was horrified since I just water-treated it this summer with a petroleum product. I used some furring strips to put on the corners where they were pecking and that stopped it for now!
  6. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    Northern Kentucky

  7. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    New Jersey
    I have a wood fence around my property, and the chickens have decided to start pecking it, I am thinking since it is old there are bugs in the wood and they are eating the bugs. We were planning on refencing the yard in the spring-now with them pecking at it, I am hoping it lasts the winter.
  8. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    You said it's by the hatch door. Could they be eager to get out in the morning? Are you letting them out at first light? My girls peck at the door and scream like banshees as soon as the first light comes. I find myself getting up with the sun just to appease the silly chickens.
  9. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2011
    Portland OR
    Maybe they just wanted a window there? I find that my girls love to look out the windows in the morning.
  10. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine did that to some foam insulation on my utility shed door. Weirdos!

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