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Hens eating Pine wood beding shavings

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mogli, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. Mogli

    Mogli Songster

    last week i bought a Big block of Pine wood beding shavings at TSC & i put some in my Hens nesting boxes & the minute they saw the pine shavings they were pecking - Eating them they were gulping them down they ate a decent amount ofem, is it BAD if Chickens eat wood beding shavings? Y do they eat the wood shavings too? is good for them, is it Fiber for them lol to helpem poo better [​IMG]
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    My hens do occasionally eat some of the shavings, especially when they're bored. It hasn't caused any problems so far (the gizzard is good at grinding them up). However, I wouldn't say that the shavings are GOOD for them. Large amounts could cause impacted crop. Hopefully, your hens become tired of the new "food".
  3. Mogli

    Mogli Songster

    normally i use Straw for my Coop Floor & nesting box beding but i just wanted to try Pine wood shavings in my nesting boxes to see how the Hens would react to them, i mite just stick to Straw in my Nestn boxes for Beding
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    It's not a huge concern. As long as your chickens have access to plenty of fresh, clean water, they will process them. Mine have been consuming pine shavings for years, and I haven't seen any problems.

    Don't ask me why they do it. I have no idea.
  5. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chirping

    Mar 25, 2014
    Canby, Oregon
    My chickens happily gobble up the various bits of wood shavings that stick to my feet and then fall off when I step out of the coop. I wondered if inside the coop they were eating them by the millions, but I don't think so. I think they're just trying to get some roughage, so to speak. Instinctually eating fibers that may be a healthy addition to their digestion. Or their just nuts, I don't know.

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