feather eating chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 6512andgrowing, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. 6512andgrowing

    6512andgrowing Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 10, 2009
    One of my hens, who hasn't layed in 2 weeks, is plucking and eating feathers off my other hens.
    Anyone know anything about this strange behavior?

  2. natalie1136

    natalie1136 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2009
    Dennison Illinois
    Maybe she needs protein. Give her some dry cat food or something else high in protein.
  3. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Sometimes they do it out of boredom or stress. Do they have enough room? It could be a protein deficiency.

    Some people suggest hanging a head of cabbage or broccoli to relieve boredom.
  4. Carol.in.WV

    Carol.in.WV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    Pendleton County, WV
    I noticed my baby chicks eating feathers that had fallen out while they were still in the brooder and they still eat feathers. At first it worried me, but now I figure it must meet some sort of need. I throw out the egg shells for them to eat also. I have not seen anyone pulling feathers out and eating them, and hope they are not doing that. Mine are free range so I don't think it is boredom.......I would like to know why.

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