Tasty Towels

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MrGreenJeans, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. MrGreenJeans

    MrGreenJeans In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2008
    Ok so I know chickens might not be the brightest creatures on the planet, but I've noticed a new and slightly disturbing behavior in my 2-3 week olds. I put down newspaper which I cover with paper towels. Half of the brooder then gets a covering of pine shavings.

    The highest ranking pullet (out of 8 hopefully all females) is also a week older, and from day one has eaten a small amount of the pine shavings. The others have picked up a little bit on the habit as when she gets a particularly nice shaving she'll play keep away and egg the others on.

    Today I noticed them picking at and pulling up some of the paper towel (blue shop towels) and eating bits of it. I suppose that's a little more safe than the wood chips but still ! They always have plenty of fresh water and starter crumbles, generally yogurt several times a week, and a pan of dirt 2-3 times a week.

    Any thoughts on where I went wrong, and how I can fix this ?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I'm with you - if they are going to eat the bedding then paper towels are probably betteer than shavings, but anything like that in large amounts is going to be a problem.

    I think they do learn bad habits from each other... not sure exactly what to suggest here though - sounds like they have what they need...

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