eating feathers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lakehuroncluckers, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. lakehuroncluckers

    lakehuroncluckers Out Of The Brooder

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    Just curious why our 26 12 week old chickens go crazy over eating their own feathers?

    crumbles, scratch, peanuts, cookies, no thanks I'd rather eat my own feathers.....
     
  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    [​IMG]I have no idea but it is really funny to see a white feather floating through the air and my chickens scrambling to get it. By the time its in someones mouth its already down the hatch:)
     
  3. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    This often indicates a deficiency of a specific aminoacid called METHIONINE... go to your petsotre and in the bird section look for a supplement for molting...make sure it has this ingredient in it. Then get a good poultry supplement like AviaCharge 2000 (purchas online from McMurray or Strombergs) and give this to your birds...it is a complete supplement and when given regularly should ensure that any deficiencies do not occur.
     

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