I did a search to find out why one of my chickens was pecking and eating feathers. I came up with a lot of complaints about this behavior and the possible reasons of why they do it. Boredom, overcrowding and lack of protein. Since, in my case, I don't think it's the first two, I'm going to concentrate on the protein problem. While BOSS has protein, they say that it's not meat protein, which is what they can be lacking. Someone suggested feeding them a game bird feed as it has this meat protein. Other ideas were to get fat and meat scraps from the butcher. What do you all think of this? I'd rather get the feed with the appropriate protein than go a get slabs of fat. Any suggestions? Only one of my chickens is doing this so far, but I need to stop this as I'm getting some naked butts out there. UPDATE SUNDAY MORNING OK...taking in all considerations and advice you all gave me for what could be causing this behavior... 1)Protein problem? I gave her tuna fish, starter feed, and meal worms for 2 days now. 2)Overcrowding? I really don't have one, but I let them out free ranging for the first time this weekend all day. 3)Boredom? I really don't think a chicken would be bored being let out to explore the world for the first time. And yet she's still pecking and now there's a little scab on Midge's butt. I can't have this continue. Since no other chickens are having this problem and if the protein problem did exist, I would think they would all have it...so I'm going to assume it's an "I'm a bully" problem and knowing that she is in fact, head chicken, I decided to separate for a week or 2 to put her lower in the pecking order. I put her in the little coop that is right next to the main run. (they can see each other) Has anyone tried this to stop feather pecking? And if so, did it work? How long should this take? Thanks again!