Corn or scratch mess up egglaying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by suzettex5, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    I was just wondering if anyone has experienced this? I have quite a few laying age hens and have not been getting as many eggs as I expect every day.

    Between my kids and I, we have been giving ALOT of corn scratch everyday as a treat (probably 4 to 6 cups) in addition to regular feed and free ranging. Can too much corn cause egg laying to be disrupted?

    Oh, and we have about 45 or 50 chickens sharing the corn, if that makes a difference, and they get free choice of flock raiser and lay crumble and oystershell, all day, every day.
  2. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    I have heard lots of people nowadays saying it will mess them up, but when I was a kid, I had 50 Barred Rock hens who were fed from day one exclusively on corn and scratch, and I was getting 40+ eggs a day...I'm sure the corn has gotten less nutritious since then, but corn also seems to be one of the top ingredients in layer feeds anyway.

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