Chickens eating pine shavings

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicken Bee, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. Chicken Bee

    Chicken Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First of all; hello, this is my first post on this lovely board! [​IMG]

    My chickens are all 13-14 weeks old, and... they seem to think their bedding is a treat. Every time I put a new layer of it down, they came running over to eat it and happily munch up all the "choice" bits of shavings! [​IMG]

    This isn't going to hurt them, is it?
     
  2. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

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    My girls kinda pick at it...taste it ...but I think they spit it out. I don't think they actually ATE any. Maybe they fiound something tasty IN the bedding. Tiny bugs maybe??? [​IMG]
     
  3. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    I tossed some in the run a few days ago--thinking that they would enjoy pecking and scratching THROUGH it but instead they ebgan eating it. I raked it up and tossed it in the woods. They're still alive and have been pooping, so I think they'll be fine
     
  4. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just a thought but do they have free choice of crushed oyster shell and chicken grit? They might be missing this in their diets.
     
  5. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls take a bite of theirs pretty regularly - doesn't seem to hurt them. Just make sure they have grit so they can digest it somewhat.
     
  6. Chicken Bee

    Chicken Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, they have grit. I don't know if they're old enough to get oyster shells or not. Should I wait for them to start laying, or is it alright for them now?
     

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