Chickens eating Feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pikeszoo, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. pikeszoo

    pikeszoo Hatching

    Apr 27, 2007
    My moth old chickens are eating feathers. I have increased their protein level but still they eat feathers. I give them timothy hay and cracked corn to keep them munching in there pen along with their feed. I tried rooster booster anti pick rubb but they still pick at each other from time to time. They keep eating wild bird feathers too. They are not old big enough to be let out, they can slip through the fence and I'm still trying to find out about them and the peafowl. Any suggestions out their???????
  2. Llysse

    Llysse Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    The corn may be working against you--it reduces the overall protein level in their diet. Try taking away the corn and adding fish meal, instead. They could also be picking because they don't have enough space. How many birds do you have in what kind of area? I hope we can help you solve your problem!

  3. pikeszoo

    pikeszoo Hatching

    Apr 27, 2007
    Thank you ,I did not know that about the corn. I have ten in a 25 by 16 pen. I hope when they get older I can let them roam the horse pasture and only put them up at night.
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    At one month old, they need to have chick starter still....or finisher/grower. I would be carefull of the it could lead to sour crop. Mine are 7 weeks old, and still on starter. Just my opinion. Maybe someone else has another idea?
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yeah, I agree, at 7 weeks, just keep it to their starter, it is balanced for them and because they are so small, fill up pretty eaisly on "junk food" like treats and corn.

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