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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tazlover51, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. tazlover51

    tazlover51 Hatching

    Oct 18, 2009
    why do my chickens eating each other feather especially the new downy feather? am i not giving them some thing they need

  2. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    as far as i know it could be two things
    A) They are bored
    (give them some cabbage or scratch)
    b) Not enough protein from growing in general or growing new cells
    (give protein supplement Catfood or tuna ext..)
    I would try both!
  3. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  4. PatS

    PatS Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Northern Califonia
    My chickens eat ANYTHING. I've seen them pick at a feather. It usually sticks to their mouth and they go ahead and gulp it down. They usually act a little surprised with feathers. ("What IS this?")

    I swear, if I ever hit my head on something and fell down unconscious, I have no doubt they'd eat ME!

  5. rstampa

    rstampa Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    Quote:This post I quoted from PatS is hilarious! [​IMG]

    My girls will eat the down feathers on occasion but I don't think it has anything to do with their lacking something in their diet. They are well feed.
    And remember they are still chickens. They'll eat almost anything. As PatS said. "Even me" [​IMG]
    Not to worry!
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2009
  6. tazlover51

    tazlover51 Hatching

    Oct 18, 2009
    thanks for the help......i started this morning giving them some tuna....my cat eats indoor formula purina cat chow would this be ok for my chickens and how much should i feed them and is it everyday or what?

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