Why do chickens eat styrofoam?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WSF, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. WSF

    WSF Hatching

    Sep 7, 2007
    Hello, I have an ICF (foam blocks filled with concrete) house and my chickens are eating the foam from some of the sides and I was wondering why they eat foam and how if at all I could break them of it. Does anyone know the answers to my questions? I really don't want to have to put plastic all the way around my house until I finish the outside.

    Thank you
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Chickens are just silly. Mine will gobble up Styrofoam if they can get their beaks into it! No idea what the appeal is.
  3. DoctorGoose

    DoctorGoose Songster

    Jul 27, 2007
    Mine too--especially the faucet covers for the winter. My hens will also eat the plastic off the siding.
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I've heard of a few birds eating an entire styrofoam cooler. If you don't want to cover with plastic then you'd best find something else before they literally eat you out of house and home.
  5. newbeechickens

    newbeechickens In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2007
    kershaw county sc
    hello i have heard when chickens eat styrafoam it will make them lay people give it to them mine have been eating and they been laying good
  6. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Songster

    May 1, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Mine have been digging up the weed fabric...going to have to mulch really good this fall.
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    It can't be good for them.
    Mine are laying good and haven't had a bit of foam.
  8. i was stupid enough to put a styrofoam plate on top of a topless feeder to protect it from droppings. My husband walked past the pen and heard a funny sound - the sound of them eating half of it before he pulled it out.

    My adult hens also like pecking away at the insulation surrounding our air conditioning pipes and wires. i have no idea why they do that.
  9. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    I don't know why they like it so much, but they do.

    Kinda like, why do kids & DH's like to stick things into styrofoam & poke holes in it?????

    We sometimes put styrofoam in for our chickens as a playtime thing. They go crazy over it.

    Sounds like your house will have to fenced or wrapped in plastic before they do as BeckyLa said "eat you out of house & home"

    Last edited: Sep 7, 2007
  10. Itsme

    Itsme Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    NW Wisconsin
    Cover your basement as soon as you can.
    We had big fancy ideas for ours but no money,ended up covering it with plywood until our ideas met up with our finances [​IMG]
    Between the chickens and the wild birds they will peck plenty. [​IMG]
    Also the sun and weather will degrade it to powder too.

    Cover it up...... somehow.....

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