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Chickens eating feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LauraSBale, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Songster

    hi everyone

    some of my girls are eating feathers,
    their not pulling them out, just what is on the floor or ground

    are they lacking something?

  2. Very common for the girls to eat the feathers off of the ground. I have seen them take a good sized feather down the gullet.

    Wait until you see them eat the shavings !!
  3. chickenmum

    chickenmum Songster

    Dec 7, 2008
    I've seen a chicken of mine eat feather, too.
  4. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Songster

    I just wondered if they were lacking protine or something?
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    You might want to boost protein for them and see if that helps.
  6. skand

    skand Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    ours do it too, esp when they float in the air like a bug.
    They have lots of protein, we feed a mix of chicken scratch, game bird maintenence, game bird conditioner, with the added super spur, dry cat food, and kitchen scraps.
  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Try giving them some black oil sunflower seeds in there diet, Ive read a few times it's a lack of somthing ( just cant remember what [​IMG] )

    Mine did this during the spring, the sunflower seeds helped !!

    Good luck !!
  8. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    It may be that essential amino acid methionine that you are trying to remember.

    High levels of methionine can be found in dairy products, fish, and meat. Also sunflower seeds and lentils have fairly good amounts but soybeans are low.

    I've read that feather picking is sometimes caused by protein imbalances and methionine is of critical importance. A lot of it is given up in egg production.

  9. skand

    skand Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    lol I think they do it, just because. Now, if they are picking each others feathers off until all that's left is a bloody mess, then yes they are missing something in their diet. But like with mine, all the different feeds and the kitchen scraps do include milk/dairy products. Mine do it because they can, not because they are missing anything.

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