An old wives tale on how to get your hens laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bigfatchicken, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Bigfatchicken

    Bigfatchicken Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 9, 2009
    sarasota, Florida
    Is it true you can use black pepper and mix it in with laying pellets to help start the hens laying during the winter time. In essence the black pepper will warm their bodies and also pepper speeds up your metabolism so i can see in theory how it could work but has any one tryed this method.
  2. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2008
    Dayton Indiana
    A guy on my egg route says his mother used to use cayenne pepper during winter production with great results.
  3. konjo

    konjo Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2009
    Santa Clarita, Ca
    My RIR has not layed for about 2 month now ( ready to try anything ) I have the light going on at about 4am now for about 1 1/2 months my white leghorn has been laying good now for about 3 weeks. Now will adding black pepper do anything to my white leghorn ?
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    Quote:yep I heard of that one but never heard of using black pepper before.

    I think they refer to it as burning the molt when you do it after they have or while they are molting to get them to start back up sooner.
  5. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    Cut Off, LA
    I tried putting pepper soaking in whole corn over night a few days and I didn't notice anything afterwards.
  6. CluckySam

    CluckySam Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Maybe you could put the pepper on the chicken, and tell them that you will eat them if they don't start laying! [​IMG]
  7. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    I gave mine Calf manna (aka protein booster) and they all started laying within 10 days...... I also give mine scrambled eggs once a week. We have had a frozen winter for Texas already and they just keep on laying. I get between 10-13 eggs a day from 15 pullets
  8. carabar

    carabar Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2009
    Munfordville, KY
    I was ready to give mine Cayenne pepper but they must have sensed something because they started laying again. A friend told me about it. He said that his mother would make cornbread and add it in, then feed a slice or so a day. I read on here that feeding them hot oatmeal would make them lay. I did try this and I got an egg from everyone of my girls. It's also a nice treat for them on a cold morning.
  9. KKatknap

    KKatknap Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2009
    Albany, OR
    Quote:Me, too. Almost a week after calf manna, almost all are laying again. Great stuff!!
  10. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    If you are not adding light to lengthen the winter days, then you should try that. During the winter, it's not actually the temperature that slows hens down – but the light. Add artificial light so that the daylight hours equal 14. If you can put it on a timer, most people choose to have the extra light be on in the morning as opposed to the night, so the hens will not suddenly be left in darkness when it goes off. I don't have a timer at the moment, so I've been going out in the afternoon to turn it on and then back out to turn it off several hours later. I do often wait for a few minutes with my flashlight so they can get on their roosts, but not always.

    A month ago I was down to 6 eggs a day from 17 hens, but after a couple of weeks the production began to rise steadily. The last two days I have gotten 14 eggs daily. [​IMG]

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