By facepalm - 15/10/2014 23:36 - United States - Gainesville
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It's all fun and games, until the bird bites! I used to have a African Grey, and let me tell you, that guy would make eye contact with you while he snapped a bone (chicken, from KFC) in half like it was a toothpick. Some of the bones we gave him were similar to fingers! Trust me! It's not the feet or claws you should really worry about.
Ya, we thought it was pretty bad too. But the bone marrow is very good for them. And he seemed to react like it was a treat. But I did at one point have chickens as well (not fed to the parrot). Fun Fact: Chickens are naturally cannibalistic! Yes, they will eat each other, and a common problem is, if they tasted their own eggs (one breaks on accident and they taste it). Because they like their own eggs enough that they will stop laying them for reproduction, and they would start eating the eggs! Chickens will also naturally kill off and eat any obviously weak or injured chickens! They are more savage than Kanye West's ego!
@109 Chickens will eat their own eggs, yes, because like the taste if they accidentally break an egg and then eat part of it. But they won't stop laying because of that, and it's entirely possible to break them of the habit (using wooden egg decoys in the nests as well as putting a ton black pepper in a broken egg and letting them taste it work well). Chickens in most normal circumstances will not kill each other; there is always a pecking order and some hens are lower and often get picked on. Keeping sick or weak birds with a healthy flock is a recipe for disaster as they will see the weakness and, yes, will attempt to kill the weak bird to keep predators away. This, as well as aggressive pecking, are extremely uncommon problems and are often caused by stress in a flock, such as having inadequate space per chicken, external parasites, and nutritional deficiencies of salt and sulfur. I'm only clarifying this because your comment made it sound like chickens often kill and eat each other. I can promise that they don't. :)