All the falling feathers in the coop...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Yay Chicks!, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Three out of four of my hens are in various stages of molt. The coop, of course, looks like someone had a massive pillow fight. Is there any reason to not just leave the feathers there? I haven't been trying to get them out, just turning them into the existing shavings...
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    They are fine in their if you deep liter just mix everything together. I've had chickens eat feathers while processing meat birds, I thought it was because they have lots of protein in the shafts.
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I always just leave the feathers in the coop. Any that aren't eaten get composted with the rest of the bedding. Unfortunately, my 6 y.o. daughter feels the need to collect all pretty feather specimens at every egg collection. The net result is that I am getting 1-3 eggs and about 30 feathers each day. I would prefer to be getting more eggs. [​IMG]
     
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I couldn't imagine what it might harm, but there was something in the back of my brain that was questioning it.
     

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