hens eating feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenKids, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. ChickenKids

    ChickenKids New Egg

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    Is it alright for hens to eat their own feathers?

    Ours have been doing this for a while and haven't seemed to suffer any ill effects.

    Just wondering if anyone has an idea why they do this.
     
  2. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine will eat an occasional feather, but not all the feathers in the run. Feathers contain mostly protein.
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That can be a sign that their diet is deficient in protein. The occasional feather is no big deal, but if they're eating a lot of feathers, I'd up the protein in their diet.
     
  4. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They need more protien.
     
  5. ChickenKids

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    thanks everyone.

    what's a good way to give them more protein?
     
  6. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meal worms are a great source of protein. You can also offer boiled/scrambled egg if you have some to spare.

    Some layer feeds are higher in protein than others, you get a layer feed that is 22% protein, however I would not keep them on that indefinately, just enough to give them a boost. Gamebird feed is also high in protein.
     

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