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Chickens eating the house!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joey doering, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. joey doering

    joey doering New Egg

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    Why would my chickens be pecking and eating the house?
     
  2. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know, but I had a dog that did that. You can buy stuff to put on your house that is supposed to discourage them from that. I'm sure you can also make a non-toxic DIY spray. Good luck!
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens don't have the same taste receptors that dogs do. I doubt the bitter spray or anything spicy would work for them (mine love jalapenos!). OP- what exactly are they eating off the house? Siding? Insulation? Styrofoam? Is it all over, or is it just one particular spot thats gotten their attention?
     
  4. sprucie

    sprucie Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine were eating the caulk from around the house, or at least attempting to do it. After seeing that, they now live in their tractor permanently...I don't want to eat eggs from caulk eating chickens!!!:sick
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Put some fencing up to protect that area of the house....then put a large half rotted log near their coop/run area.
     
  6. joey doering

    joey doering New Egg

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    They are eating the wood siding off the house. They go along the edges of the house. One of them died recently. Maybe she ate something she shouldn't have. They may have to remain in their tractor from now on.
     
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    szczur Out Of The Brooder

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    Pine tar spray? You'd have to reapply often. There may be bugs living in rotted wood underneath they are attracted to. I know the bugs love to go underneath my siding. You really have to watch what they have access to when they free range. Mine were eating chips of paint....threw those eggs out for those days.
     

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