My hen keeps eating everything and anything!(mostly plastic)

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  1. ArtCaptain

    ArtCaptain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an 8 month old turken/naked neck hen who likes to eat shipping peanuts, feathers, chipped paint, Styrofoam plates, crystallized plastic bottles, plaster among other things.[​IMG]

    For those of you wondering how she finds all of this stuff my father owns a dental lab and likes to work in his garage.)

    Is there any reason as to why she's eating this? (she finds it tasty perhaps lol) She's, along with this other hen sometimes, the only one who constantly finds stuff or purposely looks for it. Once I put a bunch of shipping peanuts in front of her and I had to hold her back because she was so desperate to get to them(no i did not let her go). By the way I feed my whole flock mixed feed.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Packing peanuts are often made of corn. What do you feed them, perhaps she has a deficiency. Chickens will peck at almost everything to taste stuff.
     
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens will peck at everything out of curiosity. Mine will also try to eat styrofoam, packing peanuts, not so much plastic.

    Keep litter picked up is the best thing, and check their diet. Pica (the eating of non-edible things) can be caused by mineral deficiency.

    Be sure they are on good layer feed (not just scratch).

    LofMc
     
  4. Ballerina Bird

    Ballerina Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Huh, I had no idea that there was a word for eating non-edible things. Fascinating!
     
  5. ArtCaptain

    ArtCaptain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the food I'm feeding her has around 15%-17% protein. I also put some Durvet electrolytes in their water. Maybe she is just really curious? She could be but I have seen my other hens peck at things and not eat them.
     
  6. ArtCaptain

    ArtCaptain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same here! :D
     

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