Is it normal for chickens to eat feathers?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nittanyxi, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. nittanyxi

    nittanyxi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    I noticed some of my chickens are eating feathers. Is this normal or is there something wrong?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    If they are picking bare spots on each other or themselves, yes something may be wrong. If they are picking up and eating feathers just laying around, nothing unusual at all.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2010
  3. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I've seen mine pick up a feater or two once a week or so. But when you consant feather eaters, it's a sign of a protein deficiancy.
  4. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    a few times i see my chickens eat a small feathers. when my goose was younger she had a taste for feathers and would wander around the yard eating any feathers she could find [​IMG]

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