s it normal?

Posted by: larryskidmore

s it normal? - 09/03/20 07:57 AM

I have a strange query. I don't think it's anything to worry about but:-
One of our chickens has always, for years, pecked and eaten, I think, wood. She has pecked, almost right through, one fence planc. Now she has started on a perch in the run. I think the other one is joining in. Does anyone have any ideas as to why? Have you come across this before? Like I mentioned, she's been doing this for years with no adverse effects but it would be good to know why.
Posted by: CJR

Re: s it normal? - 09/03/20 08:20 PM

We do not often think of animals having odd habits but all species DO. Horses will "crib". Cats will eat yarn or wool bits. Dogs have a variety of odd habits--can't break them of them. If she has been doing this for so long, providing a substitute would doubtless not change her pleasure of wood in a special place. Maybe it started with something delightfully edible on those spots--at some time? If she has no problems, not to worry!!! But it IS interesting!