Cayenne pepper and egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nannie, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. nannie

    nannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2013
    mineral virginia
    can anyone tell me if cayenne pepper will make my hens again.almost all of my older hens have stopped laying eggs,ONLY 2 years old.i remember reading this on here somewhere,if you know tell me how much and how often?i do find an very small egg like they did in the very beginning
    any ideas would be helpful
  2. Messipaw

    Messipaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2013
    I use cayenne pepper as a boost start to my hens egg laying all the time. I use it on my Broody EE and it works. I usually give a good coating to their food or I add it to their wet bread treat. Always two days after my hens lay again. My hens are about three years old. Hope this helps. Good luck.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2015
  3. palletkitchen

    palletkitchen Just Hatched

    Jul 8, 2015
    Nottingham UK
    Is that the chilli with seeds or something else like a spray or something
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How long since they've laid well?
    What breed are your hens? Production breeds can slow way down at 2 years old.
    Have they had a full adult molt yet?
  5. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    What I have heard is that the capsaicin in pepper although supposedly not tasted, increases thirst and the chickens will drink more water. Eggs are mostly water.

    There could be a number of reasons that your chickens are slowing down - as aart said the molt, also this heat can have an effect. Stress, many causes. What changes have happened that affect your flock lately? new housing, new flock members, a new pet in the family? Change in feed or feeding schedule..etc. IF your temperatures are as hot as ours here..then expect a slow down in laying.
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  6. PMCB

    PMCB Just Hatched

    Feb 29, 2016
    I have 6 hens and all but one has been laying eggs. The one that hasn't yet is the one that molted the worst. I decided to try the cayenne pepper to see if it would work on her. It did! I used the powder form and sprinkled it in with their food on Friday and Sunday she laid her first egg! I have to say I was surprised.

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