Eating feathers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dreamgirl, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. dreamgirl

    dreamgirl Songster

    May 28, 2007
    Hudson Valley, NY
    I noiticed the other day that some of my 11 week old girls were eating feathers. I think I read this may mean they are short on protein. I am feedign them the grower mix specified for 8-22 week olds (14.5% protien). Has anyone else had this problem?
  2. mainely-chick

    mainely-chick In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2007
    My 16 week girls still do the same thing.
    I assumed they just don't know any better?
    They see something and peck/eat it.
    They seem none the worse for wear?
  3. My Wyandotte will eat any tiny feather that comes off the leghorns, gulp. She seems healthy so I’d like to know more about the potential for protein deficiency. Guess they will get some hard boiled egg for treats tonight!
  4. xitaa

    xitaa In the Brooder

    May 18, 2007
    I read in the "Back Yard Poultry" magazine that feeding dry cat food and/or mashed up hard boiled eggs about every 2 weeks will stop feather picking. I tried the cat food and it worked. [​IMG]
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I figure as long as they are not picking feathers out and eating them, they are fine if they are on commerical feed. It could also be a shortage of manganeese. So some catfood and black oil sunflower seeds can fix it right up.
  6. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    ...the specific aminoacid (i.e PROTEIN) associated with this is methionine... give them yoghurt (the live culture one) as this is one source of that... cat feed as a regular daily supplement...not with my birds tyvm...

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