so in an effort to do anything to distract my meanyface eye pecking chicken, we pulled out some wads of the straw stuff that MPC packs around the chicks in their box and then put it in the brooder with the chicks. they went nuts for it. pecking and scratching and dragging it all over the coop. it doesn't seem to break down at all so they can't eat any of it in their enthusiasm. it definitely keeps everyone well entertained but does rather make the brooder a bit messier. give it a go and let me know how it works for you.