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Feeding problem

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Medina, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Medina

    Medina New Egg

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    My egg laying chickens have started to eat the shredded paper in their laying box. Some days they eat it all - other days they leave it. They get laying ration, oyster shell, grit, corn screenings, and sometimes lettuce, tomatoes, apple or banana. There are 8 chickens in an 8 x 10 coop. This paper eating just started a few weeks ago. Why would they do this? Is it harmful to them? Will it affect the quality of the brown eggs?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I am not sure why they would eat the paper as it sounds like you give them everything they need....maybe you should switch out nesting material - try straw or pine shavings. And I don't think eating the paper would influence egg color.
     
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would definitely discourage them from doing that. Maybe change bedding. Perhaps they are bored? You could try fodder or a flock block or a treat ball to give them something to do?
     
  4. Medina

    Medina New Egg

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    What is a 'flock block' and 'treat ball'? Never heard of them. Where would I buy them? I live in Ontario.
     
  5. Medina

    Medina New Egg

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    No - not egg colour. The taste or nutrition of the egg. Thx.
     
  6. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used shredded paper and the newer chickens ate some of it so I removed it. I think it just looks interesting and it is only wood so shouldn't hurt them --except maybe the ink. I would change bedding. I stopped the shredded paper because it smelled bad and turned into a mess. When it got wet it turned into paper mache. You can mulch with it if you have a lot to use up.
     
  7. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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