They're eating insulation!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cecilia, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. Cecilia

    Cecilia In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2007
    I feel like my chickens are insane.

    I live in Southern Ontario in Canada, so it gets pretty cold here in the winter. My housemates and I just began insulating our coop with this blue foam insulation a friend of ours found...However, we've put all the insulation up, but didnt have time to put up a second layer of plywood. I was planning on doing this today (we all have pretty intense work/school schedules), but yesterday I found that 2 of the chickens had begun pecking out some of the blue insulation! I'm really nervous about how this will affect them later on...Is this how chickens get an impacted crop? Any advice? They won't have access to it any longer, because its being closed off today...Anyone else have this problem?


    thanks a lot

  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    um, I had the same problem. Mine were found eating away some foam insulation on my house skirting [​IMG] I covered it...and they are fine. Here's hoping your chickens will be too [​IMG]
  3. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Yea I dunno whats up with that! I used white foam board to insulate the new coop and they found a piece on the ground. Pecked it to pieces, figure we will have white foam eggshells for a while.

  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Get it covered but they should be fine. Mine have eaten styrofoam and it just passes.
  5. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Yep, they are attracted to it for some reason. When we cut into the coop for our pop door the chickens were trying to eat the insulation in between the walls. I had to cover it with duck tape until we could frame it out. It was crazy! I don't know why they like to eat that stuff. That's good that you closed access to it until you can finish the job. We have the same problem with crazy, busy schedules. Mine were fine, but they didn't eat to much before I caught them. Yours should be ok, but just keep an eye on them. Good luck!
  6. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Songster

    Oct 30, 2007
    Simpsonville, SC
    I just posted another thread before I saw this one. Sorry for the double topics

    My chickens are doing the same. I have 12 and a good bit of styrofoam is missing in various places around their door and our house! I have since covered this stuff up, but I feel that it could possibly be dangerous. Doesn't that stuff have chemicals in it to hold it together?

    Is it going to digest into their stomachs, or stay in their crop? I really don't know how that crop know gravel stays in it to help break down food...

    So, my chickens aren't going to die???

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