I am so new to all this, i have got 4 females which have been fine together untill 3 days ago, one had its eye pecked it was removed from pen and seemed fine last night so i put it back with the other, after a few hours i went out to find it bleeding from its side. I have removed it again to get better what can cause the sudden violence??? also i feed them leyers pellets only i was told by the breed the jumbos need 80% protein to help egg laying, what should i be giving them i have read so many different theorys.
Chinese painted jumbo, Help(3 posts)
my 4 chickens have been very happy for 3 years, until may when they all turned on one of them, they pecked a hole in the top of her leg about 2 by 3". is was so horrid, i had to remove her, when i tryed to put her back they all turned on her again,
The longer you keep her away from then the harder it is to put them back, i even put her in the dog cage in the hen house overnight, she has been living on her own but now she is in with my 2 ducks,she seems happy,
i am not too sure they just turn may be it a sign of weekness,Layers are fine I also give mine mixed corn as a snack and any veg i have on hand,
good luck with yours,lisa x
I don't know about Chinese Painted Jumbo; I have the regular Chinese Painted Quail - but 80% Protein sounds far too much by all standards for any animal. While it is correct that Quail and Guineas like other "game" birds need more protein than chickens in their diet, I would have thought that anything above 30% should have disastrous results for any animal as it provides too much energy.
For comparison - in dogs:
Greyhounds are fed a diet of 34% protein when in training and racing. Retired Greyhounds like all non-working dogs happily survive on a diet of 18-22% without going bonkers. I have been running a dog rescue for the past 10 years with a focus on sheepdogs/bordercollies and can tell yout that all hell would break out were they fed on 34% protein whilst not working.
When I start working with an animal showing behavioural issues, the first question is directed towards the owner with regards to the diet. Turns out most "problem dogs/horses" are fed on a protein-rich diet they can't handle.
While I don't know your breeder, I have a feeling there is a hitch in communication; either he got it wrong or you misunderstood.
Please also refer to:
While the harm done cannot be undone and may have led to a learned aggressive behaviour I would be very surprised if this behaviour persists after you have changed their diet to one of around 20-26% protein.
You must log in to post.