Eating insulation!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by amaranth320, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. amaranth320

    amaranth320 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2009
    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!
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Recently a lady I were PMing back and forth, that had a chicken that ate some of that spray on insulation foam and the hen ended up dying. So be very careful what you apply that the chickens have access too.

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