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WHY do they all like to EAT the sawdust?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GopherBoyFarms, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    Ok, since we have been out working on the second coop...there is tons of cutting, and sawing going on. The chickens love the sawdust...they eat it!!! I an thinking we will be getting wooden eggs soon. They like it so much that as soon as DH cuts a board....he hardly can lay his saw down and at least 2-3 of the girls are running over to peck the sawdust up off the saw!!!
    Crazy chickens!!

    The chickens free range the whole place all day, so I dont thik I am going to be able to do anything about it, although our landlord brought us a huge garbage can FULL of grain....I can sprinkle that around for them ALL OVER the yard (away from the work area) and maybe they will rather eat the grain then the sawdust. It's not like they arent getting fed...they have all the pellets they want and treats most morning and afternoon.

    silly birds!


  2. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    I think maybe something is missing in their diets!
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    WHY do they all like to EAT the sawdust?

    Because they are chickens and because it's there.​
  4. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    Quote:there isnt a darn thing missing from their diet...I just think they are pigs in chicken costumes. LOL

    I think Mahonri is correct...because it is there....those chickens eat better then most people.
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  5. Alleychick

    Alleychick Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    Pigs is chicken costumes!!! Thats great...but sad because I know what you mean.
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  6. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    I have no idea. Chickens will eat anything and everything they can stuff in their bellies! We have THE most spoiled chickens on earth. We have chicken feed available at all times, they are brought warm homemade nutritious oatmeal three times a day, we sautee them onions and mushrooms, wild alaskan salmon, and get 5 dozen live crickets at least once a week. With all this to eat, they eat the fresh straw as we put it on the floor of the coupe [​IMG]
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  7. joediesel30

    joediesel30 Hatching

    Oct 16, 2013
    Sawdust is actually very good for you nutritionally wise, but is very hard to digest. A lot of farmers take sawdust and soak it in nitric acid to break the cellulose in the wood so it is easier to digest. Farmers have been doing this for many many decades feeding it to cows, chickens, and various other animals. All animals know what's good for them and what is bad.

  8. teslachick

    teslachick In the Brooder

    May 31, 2015
    I THINK YOUR RIGHT,i will get sawdust from plywood factories!
  9. robdella

    robdella Hatching

    Apr 2, 2015
    Mine do it too!!! So far no wooden eggs

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