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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenchickenbulkbulk, Sep 30, 2008.
I have seen my chickens eat feathers? Why?
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!"
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.
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.
Quote:Yup, for the protein.
because "it" moves, and they can catch it
Quote:That is so very true too! They are little hunting raptors! Munch munch!
Mine do it all the time. Happy that other peoples chickens do this too. Thought my chickens were crazy for a second.
I was on here looking for an answer to the same question. Glad to know this is normal behavior for them. Crazy birds!
Makes sense, I have seen mine do it frequently.