Why do chickens eat feathers?

Ladysonja

Songster
11 Years
Jul 29, 2008
339
2
129
Porter, Texas
I've been picking up the molting feathers in my run, but sometimes I miss one...

This afternoon my girls went crazy after a down feather that I missed... It was like watching them chase a fly. One finally got it and gulp it was gone.

I think they thought it was a fly since they had been chasing them all afternoon.

Not to worry... it happens.
 

pikecochickens

In the Brooder
7 Years
Jun 1, 2012
10
1
24
I was on here looking for an answer to the same question. Glad to know this is normal behavior for them. Crazy birds!
 

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