A few weeks back I posted about my pullets sudden weight loss. I was worried about the possibility of worms and other such problems. I did worm them but as it turns out I found my culprit... They are EATING the ground cover in their run. YUP. You read that right. About a month ago I started bringing home shredded paper and letting the gals mix it with the pine shavings. They seemed to really enjoy themselves scratching it up and such. It was about 1-2 weeks later I noticed the weight loss but I didn't put those 2 things together as I had just moved them into this run a few weeks prior. This weekend I brought home a new batch of paper. Proceeded to dump it in a pile and watch the birds go at it. Later toward evening I decided to watch them go to bed. I got a seat to watch the show and saw Blondie slurp up something that looked like a worm... Uh- Hmmm.... I watch a few more minutes and realized they were ALL doing this, and it was not worms but the dang paper shreds! NO WONDER they were losing weight! Now I'll probably be fighting that battle again this next week or two. I mean sheesh how many calories are in paper? I did finally find a place near me that has the game bird crumbles and they had JUST started to put that weight back on... *sigh* Now I guess I'll be looking for something besides paper mixed with wood shavings.