Chickens Eating Feathers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by City Cajun, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. City Cajun

    City Cajun Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday morning while I was out giving the chickens a treat of bread pieces I noticed one of them sort of playing with a feather. then all of a sudden she started to swallow it. Why would they swallow a feather when there is so much else to eat like fresh cut grass, feed, and pieces of bread? Is this a normal thing? Will it digest without getting trapped in the craw?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    They will do this occasionally. It's just another protein source.
     
  3. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen mine swallow a feather like someone slurping a spaghetti noodle. Kinda freaky to see. No harm though.
     

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