- Aggressive pecking, on the other hand, is bad and once it starts the birds may peck on each other to death.
- Avoid overcrowding; adhere to the two square feet/bird, identify dominant flock members and isolate them.
- In arid and semi-arid areas, you vaccinate against Contagious Bovine Pleuro Pneumonia (CBPP) in addition to all the above.
- An animal not conceiving after two consecutive inseminations by a qualified personnel must first be seen by a vet to rule out diseases or other problems.
Dealing with pecking birds
My layers peck my legs every time I enter the chicken house. They also peck each other. How can I stop this behaviour?
Layers may peck each other due to overcrowding, boredom and dominant behaviour, among others.
Chickens are naturally inquisitive and they will use their beaks to inspect things, including pecking other birds around them.
Aggressive pecking, on the other hand, is bad and once it starts the birds may peck on each other to death.
Birds can also be attracted by the red colour.
Once a bird is bleeding, they will all peck on the wound making matters worse.
Investigate why the birds have aggressive pecking, but ensure they have enough feeds and water.
Avoid overcrowding; adhere to the two square feet/bird, identify dominant flock members and isolate them.
You could keep the birds busy by hanging feeds in the coop and make perches for them.
Quality eggs from Kienyeji birds
What should I offer my Kienyeji chickens to get high quality eggs? Does layers mash reduce the eggs quality?
I assume you mean yellow-yolked eggs when you talk about quality.
Kienyeji chickens tend to have more yellow-yolked eggs than layers, especially so when they are scavenging.
However, in confined chicken, yellow yolk is a factor of feeds, with the commercial ones having ingredients that make the yolk yellow.
Different millers tend to have various amounts of the ingredient and so yolk colour could vary depending on feeds and even between batches of feeds.
To increase your egg production, deworm with Piperin and supplement with Nemovit Egg formula.