Will the hens eat rigid foam insulation

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dooner, May 25, 2011.

  1. Dooner

    Dooner Songster

    Apr 24, 2011
    I plan to use it on the ceiling and under the floor which they will have access to and would rather not cover it unless nthey will peck at it or eat it.
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    Mine took a 2' square and spread it over a acre. Did not eat it, just pecked it and had fun
  3. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
  4. Wayne&Kim1963

    Wayne&Kim1963 Songster

    Nov 12, 2009
    Covington, OK
    My chickens seem obsessed with eating foam, so I wonder if they would eat it.
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Oh yes.

    They will, of course, only eat the parts they can REACH. So if budget is a concern, you don't technically need to cover the upper parts of the walls, or the ceiling, except anywhere that a roost or etc will allow them access.

    However you are likely to find you want to eventually cover the whole thing anyhow, b/c it is really not very well cleanable nor durable-to-dents-and-scrapes.

    I would recommend the thinnest plywood you can find, or scrounge someone's old 1970s rec room panelling they're removing, or something like that. It's not something you have to buy fancy new material for; it is often one of the more scroungeable parts of the coop.

    Good luck, have fun,

  7. Roy

    Roy Songster

    Jun 20, 2007
    Central Illinois
    they will most definitely eat foam, doesn't seem to hurt them tho...
  8. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    Most definately! I pen my birds up in one of our garage stalls over the winter because it's heated so it stays a consistant 50 degrees in there when it's -40 outside. The flock decided to perch on the garage door tracks above the opener and had a feast on the foam. Because of the way the garage is set up it wasn't possible to cover the foam with plywood or anything. I am pretty sure that if one was to fall in a puddle from the flooding we have had lately she/he would float from all that insulation they ate.
  9. laseterlass

    laseterlass Songster

    May 13, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    Card board insulation was suggested to me. If they insist upon destroying it, I would rather it be a cheap fix. We are saving all of the food boxs. Cereal , cookies and what not. And I will be lining the inside with larger thicker cardboard. and a staple gun. I also considered shredded paper. We get alot of crap mail.
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Just cardboard stuffed into the wall cavity is next to no insulation at all, although it IS a good rodent and mold farm.

    If you want cheap, try shredded paper or dried leaves or wood shavings that you stuff loosely into plastic bags and put the plastic bags into the wall cavities between the studs. It still isn't *much* insulation but it is better than you'll do by just stuffing cardboard in there. Don't expect cardboard sheets stapled over it as an inside wall surface to last long at all unless you live in the high desert or something.

    Good luck, have fun,


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