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Warm Food - Makes hens lay more eggs? Is this true?

post #1 of 6
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My mom heard somebody say if you give your hens warm food it makes them lay more eggs? True or False?

Breeding:

 

 

~ Seramas ~ Bantam Splash Cochins ~ LF Coronation & Light Sussex ~

 

~ White & Colored Sebastopols ~ American Buffs

 

~Buff Orpington Ducks ~ Muscovys ~ Calls

 

~ Peafowl ~

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Breeding:

 

 

~ Seramas ~ Bantam Splash Cochins ~ LF Coronation & Light Sussex ~

 

~ White & Colored Sebastopols ~ American Buffs

 

~Buff Orpington Ducks ~ Muscovys ~ Calls

 

~ Peafowl ~

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post #2 of 6

False. hens ovulate just like any other animal. they just do it on their timing/cycle. Its hormonal. some hens lay more frequently than others, but none the less hormones are responsible for ovuation. As they age, they go thru a period of inconsistency and stop laying, kindof like ...chicken menopause.

I do not believe the temperature of the food  has anything to do with this.

What they eat, light, water, temp, moulting etc can cause a lapse in laying, but thats entirely different than an old spent hen.

2GC hens, 6 Black Australorp hens and 1 roo, Plus a 4yr old son, a feisty kitten, lazy ol' cat, a lazy ol' dog, and a lazy ol' husband too.
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2GC hens, 6 Black Australorp hens and 1 roo, Plus a 4yr old son, a feisty kitten, lazy ol' cat, a lazy ol' dog, and a lazy ol' husband too.
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

I figured it was - but it never hurts to check it out! smile

Breeding:

 

 

~ Seramas ~ Bantam Splash Cochins ~ LF Coronation & Light Sussex ~

 

~ White & Colored Sebastopols ~ American Buffs

 

~Buff Orpington Ducks ~ Muscovys ~ Calls

 

~ Peafowl ~

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Breeding:

 

 

~ Seramas ~ Bantam Splash Cochins ~ LF Coronation & Light Sussex ~

 

~ White & Colored Sebastopols ~ American Buffs

 

~Buff Orpington Ducks ~ Muscovys ~ Calls

 

~ Peafowl ~

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post #4 of 6

Happy hens lay more eggs. I'm sure chickens would enjoy a little warm mash on a cold winter morning...not so much in the middle of the summer, though.

post #5 of 6

right. HaPPY hens. Of course extremely cold weather will slow em down. Extreme heat too. Your hens will lay as many eggs as their hormones allow. some breed such as australorps, RIRs or delawares lay daily. Others like onamental breeds lay 1-2 eggs/week. I had a silver EE bantam hen that NEVER laid an egg, until she went broody, Then she'd lay 15 in a week. They never hatched (she was "wild' and not in the coop with the roo) and she hid her nest so I never found them till they were old/rotting. No warm meal would make her lay an egg for me. She laid when her hormones told her it was time...

Thats all I was saying. There are so many "wives tales' you hear from older generations. You just gotta put your filter on sometimes. I have heard lots of things, and there may be a foundation of truth to them, but it has not seemed to affect my bunch for better or worse (dont feed fruit to layers, it will make them stop laying-ever hear that? I give mine fruit scraps prob 3x a week and I get roughly 7-8 eggs/day from 8 hens)). I feed them chicken food, give them treats-even fruit, fresh water, and a little attention. all is well in my coop.

2GC hens, 6 Black Australorp hens and 1 roo, Plus a 4yr old son, a feisty kitten, lazy ol' cat, a lazy ol' dog, and a lazy ol' husband too.
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2GC hens, 6 Black Australorp hens and 1 roo, Plus a 4yr old son, a feisty kitten, lazy ol' cat, a lazy ol' dog, and a lazy ol' husband too.
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post #6 of 6

Mine sure enjoy a hot breakfast of dog kibble oatmeal! (kibble soaked in hot water till soft) It makes them happy but IDK if it makes them lay more...

2 wonderful kids, lots of gorgeous silkies (the best pets), several seramas, 8 "normal" chickens (since I do like to eat eggs), 1 ancient staffordshire bull terrier, a devon rex cat, a burmese cat, a retired TB, 3 evil bunnies, 1 tank of fish and a DH who is outnumbered and outvoted

"It's all fun and games untill someone gets yogurt in their beak-hole!" --My DD
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2 wonderful kids, lots of gorgeous silkies (the best pets), several seramas, 8 "normal" chickens (since I do like to eat eggs), 1 ancient staffordshire bull terrier, a devon rex cat, a burmese cat, a retired TB, 3 evil bunnies, 1 tank of fish and a DH who is outnumbered and outvoted

"It's all fun and games untill someone gets yogurt in their beak-hole!" --My DD
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