Cayenne Pepper It Really Gets Those Hens Laying

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by grandads, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. grandads

    grandads Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw a post that said to give your hens cayenne pepper to start them laying and it really works!!!! Went from 1 to 2 eggs aday to 12 to 14 in one and a half weeks. I put one bottle of pepper to two pounds of cornmeal then added water to make moist they loved it.
     
  2. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard this too, but how does it work?
     
  3. chickenmum

    chickenmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooh!
     
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    So it worked? I want to try just this last 2 weeks my chooks have been laying about half of what they normally produce, except my one faithful mixed hen who lays every day like clockwork.

    Does it have to be cayenne pepper or will any hot pepper do?

    oh and does it have to be in liquid form or can I add the powdered pepper and maybe add it to the feed or water that way???
    I dehydrate my hot peppers that I grow and use them for seasoning, so I would rather use my own than buy some from the store.


    I really am going to have to try it [​IMG]
     
  5. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

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    Yep it sure does work, Ive been doing it for the past year now. I use the red crused pepper you put on your food. I just put it in the feeder with their feed. I'll put in their feed for 2 maybe 3 days, then again in 2 to 3 weeks. I dont have a set amount I put in, just what I feel is enough, usually enough to be able to see it in the feed. ..................
     
  6. jforsness

    jforsness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to try it - thanks![​IMG]
     
  7. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know WHY this works?
     
  8. Debi214

    Debi214 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Studies have been done since the early 1940's in Japan, the Caribbean and elsewhere.
    While the feeding of hot peppers and vegetation containing high amounts of capsaicin does not seem to bother the hens the only benefit appears to be egg shell thickness. Egg production is NOT significantly effected. The influences of dietary red peppers on daily food intake are negligible in egg production and minimal in yolk color according to the Roche color fan. Adipose tissue weight was somewhat effected and suggests a winter diet of red peppers over 1% of total feed in cold climates may be adverse.

    Saw this on Wikipedia
     
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  9. billiebrat

    billiebrat Out Of The Brooder

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    I mix it with their breakfast: oatmeal, grits, oodles of noodles. What ever they are having that day, they get the pepper in with it.
     
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Well, I've gotta try it.
     

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