Can you prevent egg laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Desirai, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I know chickens are creatures that have been bred specifically to lay eggs.

    Is there a way or a food to feed your hens that doesn't encourage egg laying?
     
  2. champer

    champer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know, though I really doubt it. I'm really curious why you want to discourage laying. Care to share?
     
  3. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just have fears of egg binding :(
     
  4. Aschenfire

    Aschenfire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens (like other birds) are going to lay eggs. I am not aware of anything one can feed them to discourage egg laying. It is a process that has gone on for millenia, from the dinosaurs on down, and things like hens becoming egg bound, will just be something you as their caretaker, will have to handle. There is a wealth of information, wisdom and experience on these boards, and if you should have anything bad happen, I am sure you could manage quite well.
     
  5. champer

    champer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, being egg-bound isn't rare, but neither is it a frequent problem. Hens often don't lay in the short-daylight hours of winter, so I suppose if you could replicate that, you might reduce egg laying, but I don't think that would be good for the health of the hen either.
     
  6. Desirai

    Desirai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lost a cockatiel to egg binding a few years ago and it broke my heart. :( that's what I'm most worried about
     

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