Beet pulp for chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Miss Wings, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. Miss Wings

    Miss Wings Hatching

    Nov 26, 2007
    Cornville, Maine
    Good Morning Everyone! I'm new to the board, so here's my first question. I've been told you can give beet pulp to chickens to help promote egg laying, has anyone heard of this? My hens have stopped laying since going thru their molting and they are only two years old. They get plenty of fresh water, layer granules, corn stratch and oyster shells. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! [​IMG]
  2. OHChick

    OHChick Songster

    May 8, 2007
    hi there, i had not heard that it promotes egg laying, but i have fed it to my hens and they love it! one thing that i do is to soak the beet pulp in water first, because it expands when wet and i don't want it expanding in their little bellies, so i soak it for a few hours ahead of time. (it should say on the bag how much water to pulp and how long to do it for).

    i actually discovered that mine liked it by accident, my alpaca was supposed to be eating beet pulp because he was losing weight like crazy, but he's stubborn and refused. so i thought 'heck i'll just throw this to the chickens'. they were *so* excited.

    have you considered that insufficient light is the cause of not laying? the folks on here say 12-14 hours a day of light for maximum egg production, and with the time change and winter coming, we have less light. for me, my production is good enough with natural light, since i'm not a huge commercial farm, i am pleased with what i'm getting, even if it is less than it was a few weeks ago.

    whatever you try, good luck.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2007
  3. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    [​IMG] Just wanted to say Welcome to the BYC madness.......glad to have you [​IMG] sorry I don't know how to answer your question........watching for others to so I might learn something

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