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My hen Elsa keeps chewing on the rope on her hanging treat basket. I'm wondering it this is okay, or if I should remove it? Here's a picture of the basket in question:


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Hens are notorious chewers, have a look in the how To section on making your own chew toys I am sure she would love some of them.
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Ill look into it after I get home. I was just wondering if it was safe for her to chew on. I can be a bit paranoid about her. After I buy or make a chewing toy for her, should I take away the basket and put in the new toy, or should I just add the new toy and leave the basket?
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That looks like an organic treat holder to me? If it's been put through as bird safe I'd say its OK - it's like Elsa isn't digesting it as opposed to just tearing it up! One of my swings has a rope like that and Olaf has it chewed to bits.
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That looks like an organic treat holder to me? If it's been put through as bird safe I'd say its OK - it's like Elsa isn't digesting it as opposed to just tearing it up! One of my swings has a rope like that and Olaf has it chewed to bits.
The reason I'm a little concerned is that she might be eating it. I'm not quite sure whether she is or not. Nothing seems to be abnormal about her health right now, so I'm probably just paranoid.
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Haha quite probable but there is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all!

Like I said it looks "bird friendly" so it's probably designed with them using it as a toy in mind! If you're really worried though take it out - get a nice shredding toy for the hens to tuck their beaks into. There's lots of great treat holders out there that may not be as appetising to her - Olaf's is a plastic treat holder so he just tugs all his treats out of it. I'm also looking at investing in one of the kebab style sticks which hold fresh fruits and vegetables
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