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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SuperLuke, Aug 13, 2014.
Is it bad if a chicken eats the other chickens feathers? Like is it bad for there insides?
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While feathers contain 85% protein, they are not really digestible. If a bird is in need of a lot of protein, such as during molting, they will eat feathers. It won't kill them, but it is really not good for them. Try to keep the feathers picked up around the coop and run and give them more protein. You can add some cooked ground turkey or beef a couple times a week and this should help to curb the feather eating.
Eating feathers can also become a habit. So do your best to stop this feather eating.
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X3 chickens who are eating feathers usually are lacking protein. Feed them meat scrapes, mealworms, oatmeal, quinoa or eggs. Eating feathers is not a good thing as it can cause crop problems so deal with this soon.