feather eating 3 wk old marans chick

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fool, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. Fool

    Fool Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2011
    Little 3 week old BCM chick. In just over 1 day I've caught him twice, choking down a feather about 3 inches long. I caught him both times and removed the feather and cleaned up any loose feathers in the coop (about 8-9 total). I'm sure he's eaten some that I am unaware of.
    Is this something I should be concerned about? Can they digest feathers without getting stopped up?
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:They can digest feathers. Although like you I wouldn't like seeing them choke down big hard feathers. It is sometimes suggested that they eat feathers for the protein.

  3. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2010
    Long Island NY
    But if you are feeding chick starter, shouldn't that be enough protein?

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