Paint pecking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Goyo's Girl, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. Goyo's Girl

    Goyo's Girl In the Brooder

    May 6, 2010
    Walla Walla, Washington
    My chickens, especially the Bard Rocks pick at the paint on the outside coop wall and eat it; they also will eat pieces of styrofoam or other kinds of small, odd items they find in the chicken yard. Also, I just noticed today that they've been eating rhubarb leaves. I've heard they're poisonous. Will these eating behaviors hurt my chickens?
  2. Cheep

    Cheep Songster

    Jul 17, 2010
    Sebastopol, CA
    I have had the same thing happen. I found a bright yellow poop, & then saw a hen pecking yellow paint off the cement foundation of my house. That explained the yellow poop, which had me worried, but then like you I wondered if paint was harmful. Luckily, I have not seen that behavior since (about 2 wks ago).
    I hope someone knowledgeable can give us an answer [​IMG]

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