feather eating chicken

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

  1. 6512andgrowing

    6512andgrowing Out Of The Brooder

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    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?

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  2. natalie1136

    natalie1136 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
    Utah
    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

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    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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