1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

My chickens are crazy for styrofoam!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KayP, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. KayP

    KayP Songster

    Jul 14, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    We discovered it this summer when a "noodle" fell next to the pool. Then the other day the girls got out into the front yard and I saw them dive for a packing peanut that had blown into the garden! Beware. I don't think my chickens will ever be considered organic with an addiction like that. [​IMG]
  2. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    Very true. They just adore pecking foam insulation on the walls.
  3. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    My chickens think that they are eating the best food on earth! I swear, I can't keep them out of it! If they see even a hint of it they will RUN to get their rotten little beaks on it to eat the stuff.
    I thought I would never keep them beat out of the shed long enough to cover the walls of blue sheet insulation. They just kept coming in to peck at it. I was worried I was working so fast that I actually might close one up in the walls with the stuff.
    What is it with them, anyhow???[​IMG]
  4. You have to be very careful, too, or the birds can become impacted (can be fatal) and they suffer from lost nutrition. Not a toy. Though convenient, styrofoam should always be sheathed, rodents like it to but that's another story. And keep string away from chickens, can bind tongues or be swallowed and twist in gut.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2009
  5. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I have heard of folks using it to stop feather plucking and pecking on each other...anyone else heard of this?...
  6. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Songster

    Jan 14, 2008
    N.E Ohio- Suffield
    I wouldn't doubt that it would stop pecking. I gives them something to keep them busy. I found a good way to keep them busy is hanging a head of cabbage from a string. I buy them a head a week and they go nuts. The longer the string the more it swings and the longer it lasts.
  7. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Fountain, Florida
    Funny how they go after the packing peanuts.... The whole time I was reading it I did worry about how they would digest that though. I have read the cabbage thing before and plan on doing that [​IMG]
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I noticed the other day that the cover over my outdoor faucet is all torn up. I think the chickens attacked it. [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: