chickens eating feathers! Why are they doing this?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bock, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was collecting the chicken eggs a few days ago, and I saw one of my hens eat two feathers off of the ground. Over the past few days, I have noticed all of the chickens doing this. It grosses me out a lot, and I am wondering WHY they do that. They eat Layena free choice and the occasional grapes for a treat. Is there some kind of nutritional deficiency causing this? What can I do to get them to stop, or is it just natural? Thanks for the advice!
     
  2. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    I've wondered that myself....[​IMG]
     
  3. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They may need a little more protein in their diet. Feathers are mostly protein. Try giving them a treat of dry cat food. If the feather-eating isn't nutritional they'll still enjoy the treat! [​IMG]
     
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It might be protein but chickens seem to eat everything. I read one guys post & he was a meat guy & found bolts, rocks & such in his chickens.
     
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Add their own eggs to their feed, scramble some up and give it to them. It really helps giving them extra protein in this heat.
     

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