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Why do chickens eat feathers?

post #1 of 20
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I have seen my chickens eat feathers?  Why?hmm

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post #2 of 20

My chickens see a piece of feather "fuzz" floating around the air and they just about freak out trampling each other trying to get "the bug!"

post #3 of 20

Sometimes it can mean they have a protein deficiency.  If it happens a lot you may want to give them some high protein treats, like sunflower seeds, mealworms, or a bit of cat food.

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1  DH, 2 teen DS, 1 lab/chessie mix, 1 stubborn beagle, 2 cats, 8 standards, 2 cochin, I lost count of how many silkies (evil creatures just keep hatching out more) and 6 ducks.
Warning, I'm a Fixer:  If you ask for advice you are liable to get it, bluntly.  But, it's always kindly meant or I keep my mouth firmly shut.
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post #4 of 20

I've been picking up the molting feathers in my run, but sometimes I miss one...

This afternoon my girls went crazy after a down feather that I missed... It was like watching them chase a fly. One finally got it and gulp it was gone.

I think they thought it was a fly since they had been chasing them all afternoon.

Not to worry... it happens.

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post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by AngieChick 

Sometimes it can mean they have a protein deficiency.  If it happens a lot you may want to give them some high protein treats, like sunflower seeds, mealworms, or a bit of cat food.


Yup, for the protein.

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post #6 of 20

because "it" moves, and they can catch it lol

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post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by the1much 

because "it" moves, and they can catch it lol


That is so very true too!  gig  They are little hunting raptors! Munch munch!

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post #8 of 20

Mine do it all the time. Happy that other peoples chickens do this too. Thought my chickens were crazy for a second.gig

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post #9 of 20

I was on here looking for an answer to the same question.  Glad to know this is normal behavior for them.  Crazy birds!

post #10 of 20

Makes sense, I have seen mine do it frequently.

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