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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pineknot, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. pineknot

    pineknot Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] I went out to the chicken coop today and one of my hens ate a feather!!!! why would she do this and has anybodys chickens done this
     
  2. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    They will eat ANYTHING. Shouldn't hurt her, don't worry. [​IMG]
     
  3. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen Premium Member

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    Good protein. Mine have plenty of protein but still eat the feathers that catch their eye [​IMG]
     
  4. Pickaduck

    Pickaduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feather eating can be a sign that they need more protein in their diets.
     
  5. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    I've been told that they do it to recoup protein, but seeing as how only two in my flock do it, I don't know. They seem to put just about anything in their beaks, so it's hard to tell what motivates them. XD

    Anyway, yes, mine do it. They love feathers. They eat all that they find (except for the flight feathers) and have been doing so for two months without issue.
     
  6. pineknot

    pineknot Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Thanks I think i will cook them up some eggs.
     
  7. Noobchick

    Noobchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did that a lot before I started giving them a little extra protein. I started feeding them yogurt and/or hardboiled and mashed egg yolk. After a few days of that, they stopped. Now I give them extra protein every 3-4 days. Problem hasn't recurred.
     
  8. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

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