chickens constantly eating feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by obe10, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. obe10

    obe10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a friend of ours has 6 brown leghorns 3 speckled sussex and 2 rhode island reds. they are about 2 1/2 months old. they go around the run constantly swallowing feathers they find laying around. why would they do this? there has to be a reason right? any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
     
  2. goldielocks

    goldielocks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They need protein...they need to be on starter and get protein treats, like cottage cheese, yogurt,scrambled eggs. They are probably not being fed any scratch either.
     
  3. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, get them some extra protein. They might also want to start offering oyster shell and make sure grit is always available. Do they have food available 24/7 also? One of my hens did that for a while, and she turned out to be a very early layer, she is also a goofball.
     
  4. obe10

    obe10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok i will tell them, thanks
     
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I would not give the oyster shells at 10 weeks. When on starter/grower they are not to have the extra calcium. That comes when they start laying those nice big eggs for you! [​IMG]

    Another thought ... are they eating feathers that they pick off of each other? If so, that can be from boredom or overcrowding. Could that have anything to do with it?

    I agree, add extra protein. Boiled eggs are a great source, as is meat and cheese. Yogurt is beneficial as a probiotic as well as protein.
     

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