Here's a weird question for the experts. My girls are free-range in our fenced back yard. Recently, they discovered that condensation collects on the edges of the insulation that's wrapped around the pipe leading from our air conditioning unit to the house. They started pecking at the drops of water, and in doing so, pecked away all of the insulation around the air conditioning pipe! We didn't notice they were doing it until the insulation was almost gone, and none of them has acted sick, so I'm assuming the stuff won't hurt them. However, we're trying to figure out how to keep them from doing it again once we replace the insulation. My husband thinks the last insulation was polyurethane. He got rubber insulation this time, but it's very soft rubber, and I'm sure they'll peck at it again as soon as they get the chance. We don't want to have to build a little fence around the thing, but I suppose we will do one out of chicken wire if we have to, just to keep them away from it. Do any of you have any ideas on how to keep them from pecking at this stuff without constructing a tiny fence/cage for the pipe? Crazy chickens!