Why do my chickens like pine wood-shavings?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jmockbee, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. jmockbee

    jmockbee Out Of The Brooder

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    What is it about pine wood-shavings that makes my Buff Orps and Welsummer want to eat them?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Hungry?

    Chickens are ravenous eaters and if they don't always have access to feed, they'll eat feces, shavings rocks, sticks, whatever.
     
  3. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few of mine seem to like to nibble on them at specific locations (entrance of nest box is a favorite) but they always have food available and plenty to forage and dirt to dig through. Guess they're just weird that way.
     
  4. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullets would eat pine shavings even when I put them in the coop around 8 or 10 weeks. So I switched to straw and then to compressed straw. I believe its healthier for them to eat than pine shavings. GC
     
  5. jmockbee

    jmockbee Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for responding. Yes, I think they are hungry, but I have tried every assortment of feed and treats and they like these very briefly. They do range free in my good-sized yard, but still need supplements. I can tell when they are hungry buy the amount of digging they are doing.
     
  6. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would think they should have access to commercial feed all the time.....

    IDK, I am new here [​IMG]

    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
     
  7. jmockbee

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    That is interesting. My girls also like to nibble on the wood shavings at the entrance to the coop, especially when they are getting ready to roost for the night.
     

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