Eating Feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by oaklandmama, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. oaklandmama

    oaklandmama Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,

    I just posted a question about rooster IDing, but also have a different unrelated question... Is any feather eating a sign of protein deficiency?

    I've noticed that my chickens every now and then eat feathers that have fallen off already. No sign of excessive pecking. They're coop is outside on a dirt floor (not inside on concrete or anything).

    Is a single feather every now and then normal, or should I think of supplementing? I've read of people giving their chickens cat food and such, but is it just me that finds that a little odd? Is there some other protein source I could give them?

    Thanks!
    Jisun
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I have a few chickens that will eat a feather if they find one on the ground, but with no pecking going on I just consider it a normal thing; not a sign of a protein deficiency.

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  3. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine do the same thing....seems not to cause any problems
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    I think it's more that feather picking or pulling can be due to protein deficiency. Mine certainly eat an occasional feather, but I don't see it often. When several were molting and could have used the protein, I never saw one eat a feather.
     
  5. oaklandmama

    oaklandmama Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I feel much better, had worked myself into thinking there was something wrong with them. :)

    Jisun
     

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