Birds on a telephone wire predict the coming of rain. This old saying is often disputed. While birds in migration will often “stop over” in an area to wait out a bad storm in their path, there's no real evidence that birds just resting on a wire indicate any sort of bad weather approaching.
The reasons for stone chewing are not fully understood. It can suggest hunger or restricted access to suitable manipulable material, although sows may chew on stones even when straw and other substrates are provided.