why do hens eat feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hayn lei'rs, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. hayn lei'rs

    hayn lei'rs New Egg

    May 29, 2010
    im new to chicken behavior and do not understand why one of our japanese hens pecks our bramas from time to time
    and then proceeds to eat the feathers
    is she asserting her dominance or just being aggressive or looking for extra nutrition
    shes done it a few times now and she just gobbles up the feathers
    i have not see this before can anyone help explain the reason?
    thank you...
  2. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    I recently read that they eat new feathers coming in because they are red (blood filled) and that you can try to prevent this behavior by offering red treats, but the best prevention is to segregate the chickens until all the new feathers have come in.
  3. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    That may be true, but the most common cause of feather eating is for lack of protien. Add some cheap catfood or boiled eggs to their diet and that should help. Don`t overdo it........Pop

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