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Why do chickens eat feathers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenchickenbulkbulk, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. chickenchickenbulkbulk

    chickenchickenbulkbulk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    I have seen my chickens eat feathers? Why?[​IMG]
  2. JohnL11935

    JohnL11935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chickens see a piece of feather "fuzz" floating around the air and they just about freak out trampling each other trying to get "the bug!"
  3. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Sometimes it can mean they have a protein deficiency. If it happens a lot you may want to give them some high protein treats, like sunflower seeds, mealworms, or a bit of cat food.
    Fluffy_Feathers likes this.
  4. Ladysonja

    Ladysonja Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    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.
  5. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Quote:Yup, for the protein.
  6. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    because "it" moves, and they can catch it [​IMG]
  7. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Quote:That is so very true too! [​IMG] They are little hunting raptors! Munch munch!
  8. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    Mine do it all the time. Happy that other peoples chickens do this too. Thought my chickens were crazy for a second.[​IMG]
  9. pikecochickens

    pikecochickens Out Of The Brooder

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

    aljeffers Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2013
    Clinton Tennessee
    Makes sense, I have seen mine do it frequently.

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