eating feathers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by galvinkr22, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. galvinkr22

    galvinkr22 New Egg

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    My flock and my neighbors flock seem to love eating feathers. I have seen them gobble up an entire wing feather. Is there something they lack?
     
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    They do this sometimes if their body's crave more protein.

    AL
     
  3. kristen2678

    kristen2678 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feather eating can be do to a lack of protein. Which type of feed are they on? Try adding some black oil sunflower seeds for extra protein. Scrambled egg would work too.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Could be protein or more specific amino acid deficiency. Could be boredom. Could be a salt deficiency.

    .....Alan.
     
  6. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's perfectly normal for them to pick up and eat feathers from the ground.

    If they're picking them off each other that's another story. And eating a primary feather? [​IMG] Wow, ouch!
     

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