Feather eating

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rngrbill, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. rngrbill

    rngrbill Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Still learning here. My 5 girls are around 18 - 23 weeks old now. 2 are laying. all are on Layena free choice with cracked corn/birdseed (10%) for scratch. I noticed that a couple have started eating the dropped feathers. None are actually molting. The tail of my Black Australorp looks like she went to the barbershop and had a thinning of her feathers. They are not pulling out feathers or really pecking at each other, other than an "I'm drinking now and you can't" pecking order type of thing. No real mean attacks. Is this normal and is it a sign of something lacking in the diet? They have oyster and grit free choice in seperate small feeders. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the help.
  2. spiritdance

    spiritdance Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2010
    sometimes feather eating is a sign they need more protein. When you offer scratch, they may eat less of their balanced pellets, so if you want to continue feeding scratch, and I know mine love it, add in some protein rich snacks as well, like boiled eggs, meal worms, or BOSS.
  3. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    yep... freaked the hell out of me too!! strange little creatures [​IMG]

  4. dallandrafae

    dallandrafae Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 23, 2011
    Freaked me out too. [​IMG]

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