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Wood shaving.....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by zekintha, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. zekintha

    zekintha In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2015
    Long Island
    I did a basic cleaning of my coop today and noticed after I put a fresh layer of soft wood shavings down (and fresh hay jn the nests). One of my almost 5month wyandottes was actually eating the shavings.....is this normal? I've never noticed them eating it before. She has plenty of food in the coop, and all the doors were open so she had full access to free range with the rest of them.

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Sometimes they do that, I'm not sure why but I've never seen any problems from it, but I always try to stop them by chasing them outside.
  3. tjo804

    tjo804 Crowing

    Mar 15, 2014
    Cedar Creek, Texas
    Chickens pick through everything.
    Cedar is not good for them
    Make sure she is getting plenty of grit to break down the wood chips so she doesn't get a blockage.

    I do not use wood chips myself so I cannot say for sure if it will harm her or not but here is a link to alot of articles on coop bedding maybe one can help.

  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I've never seen them eating the wood shavings in the coop, but they definitely eat wood off the old logs out in the run.
  5. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Songster

    Jun 15, 2015
    I jsut cleaned my pens and put shaving in them. Everyone but the Seramas left them alone, who team-attacked, destroyed the shavings into little pieces, and ate them like the were starved. Even though there was perfectly good food right there.

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