What about eating feathers !!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kandooshe, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. kandooshe

    kandooshe Chirping

    My chickens behave badly in the last few days, they eat feathers from each others, not all of them do this but some do, what is the problem? can it be in the diet ? I feed them layers food...

    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011
  2. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Songster

    May 15, 2009
    If they are eating each others feathers it is a feed problem. Make sure you are feeding them a balanced layer feed. For some reason they are not getting enough protein. They eat the feathers because they are made of protein. Until you can verify that you are feeding the proper layer with enough protein feed your chickens additional protein.

    Scrambled eggs
    Cottage Cheese
    Bake some chicken thighs, remove the bones and chop into small pieces
    Black oil sunflower seed without the shell (I personally feel the shell is not good for them)

    Just to be sure it is not a mite or lice problem check them for both. Mites and lice can make feathers come out too but I think your key word was 'eating'.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    What purpletree said. Other protein sources are tuna, leftover meat scraps, dry catfood (used in moderation-it's high in sodium)
  4. kandooshe

    kandooshe Chirping


    very informative replies

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