Chickens are eating the feathers off of a chicken that is molting!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Farmer Jane, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. Farmer Jane

    Farmer Jane New Egg

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    I have a couple chickens that are molting. I've noticed the other chickens pecking at them and at first was worried that they were "bullying" them, but then I saw them actually EATING the feathers that they pecked off the molting chickens! Is this normal? dangerous? Should I separate the ones that are molting until it's over?
     
  2. Sandstorm495

    Sandstorm495 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I would seperate the peckers from the moulting ones till it's over. Good luck with this!
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On the other hand, it is normal for chickens to eat feathers. They eat everything else. I watch my chickens preen each other at times. The target chicken doesn't seem to mind; and there does not seem to be any aggression involved.

    Chris
     

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