Chickens eating feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BrandonMcfly, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. BrandonMcfly

    BrandonMcfly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I have two pet red sex link girl chickens Dylan & Kurt they are about 3 months old & just this week I noticed one of them ate a feather . They aren't pecking each other at all they get along real well & they aren't pecking feathers off its like when they lose feathers naturally & notice it on the floor they put it in their mouth & everytime I try to take it away they run & swallow it whole so I can't get it . They have plenty of food & water available at all times & they go outside during the day to run & have fun & inside the house to sleep at night so they have plenty of room as well. I read that it can be a lack of protein? Is that true ? What can I do to fix this? What can I give them? & do chickens lose feathers during winter they look fully feathered but every once in a while one or two will fall off
    Thank you:(
     
  2. BrandonMcfly

    BrandonMcfly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've only seen them do it a few times not many
     
  3. It only becomes a concern if they are filling up on feathers and if they begin pecking?..What do you feed?...
     
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  4. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

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    Feathers provide nutrition, so it's okay, but, as previous post mentions, make sure their feed is adequate....
     
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  5. BrandonMcfly

    BrandonMcfly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No they aren't filling up on them they don't do it continously it's only once in a while I've seen them other than that they will leave them alone , and they are not pecking at each other or themselves other than when they fluff their feathers , & i feed them quick grow chicken feed & cracked corn & mealworms & veggies or fruit but they don't like fruit so much they prefer the veggies
     
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  6. BrandonMcfly

    BrandonMcfly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK thanks :) & yeah they have food & water at all times of day for whenever they want to eat or drink they're crops are always full
     
  7. debid

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    Normal. Think of it as recycling protein.
     
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  8. SueT

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    What kind of feed are you talking about?
     
  9. BrandonMcfly

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    Ok Thank you :)
     
  10. BrandonMcfly

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    Quick grow chicken feed cracked corn veggies fruits & mealworms
     

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