Chicken keeping tip: Styrofoam

My tip for today is that Styrofoam and chickens don’t mix!

I spent hours setting up a herb garden with planter boxes made out of recycled Styrofoam broccoli boxes. What I didn’t expect is that my free ranging chickens love to eat Styrofoam. At first I thought they might be just pecking at it, but quickly realised they must be eating the stuff. Chickens go crazy for Styrofoam and I have no idea why. I’m sure it can’t be good for them, but my chickens are still with me so its clearly not deadly. But I was also worried about what chemicals might leech into their eggs. I’m sure it was all in my head but I swear their eggs tasted like Styrofoam for the next week.


I thought about covering the styrofoam with something, but I didn’t want to take any chances. I’ve heard that chickens also have a taste for builders plastic, insulation, tarps, silicon and even glass.

So I ended up taking the safe option and just removed them from my backyard.

If you’ve had a similar problem with Styrofoam or something similar, would love to hear from you.