Hens eating their feathers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by loucjenk, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. loucjenk

    loucjenk New Egg

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    Why do some hens eat one hens feathers? What food are
    They lacking?
     
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    There are a few things that will cause Feather Eating.
    A feed is low in or has no Animal Proteins in it or Lice or Mites on the birds are the most common.

    You can dust the birds with a good poultry dust and if your feed doesn't have animal proteins in it try supplementing with some animal protein or switching there feed to a better feed with animal proteins in it.

    Chris
     
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2 great advice.

    I would go ahead and try both out right away as the behavior can be habit forming.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  4. loucjenk

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    Thank you all! I will try a better protein food source.
    Do you have any suggestions?
     
  5. loucjenk

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    Thanks!
     

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