Originally Posted by Bogtown Chick
You've been busy!
I will let you know that chickens cannot taste spicy like cayenne or hot sauce what have you. They're immune to the effects of capsaicin or the chemical that makes a pepper spicy.
I just reread but maybe I missing the point of why your using cayenne... Maybe you suspect worms?
I'm going about it from the idea that an egg eating hen often, but not always, is looking for something she needs when she eats the eggs. So adding the tuna and shell grit would be for nutrition. The cayenne is not for that, it has a stimulating effect so I was hoping that they'd assimilate the extra nutrition more efficiently. I just used crushed red pepper over the feed in their trough and they all go bananas & eat those flakes first. The mustard is to mark the offender(s).
When I know who it is I'll put them in another pen until the behavior stops or I get hungry.
I'm losing like six eggs a day & I check three times each morning. >Insert smiley banging its head on the floor here<<br /> I am trying to be more conscious of regular worm preventatives, like garlic, cayenne, pumpkin. I had a couple birds with runny stool, but that has cleared up, thank goodness.