eating feathers??????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by delfargo, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. my chickens (11 weeks old) are in the midst of thier first molt and there are feathers all over the place. this weekend i noticed some of them playing with, and then EATING the feathers. what's up with that? i can't imagine it's good for them (pretty hard to digest, i would think). should i be cleaning up the feathers from the coop & run? is this "feather eating" normal? i've only seen a few of them do it, and have never read anything about this behavior. i just think it's kinda wierd. any thoughts? thanx.
  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    As long as they aren't pecking each others' feathers off, it is fine and actually pretty good for them.
  3. nittanyxi

    nittanyxi Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    Mine are 4 months and doing the same thing. as long as everyone looks happy and healthy I'm not going to worry about it.

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