Do apples cause low egg production?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cthrash1, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    I read somewhere that giving layers fruit will cause a temporary stop in egg production. Is this true? I just found out this year that the tree shading where the chicken run is an apple tree. At least 1-2 apples fall off into the run daily and the chickens take turns eating on them. I throw them over the fence every evening. I'm now worried this will cause a delay in my chickens starting to lay.
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    No its not true.
  3. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    I give my girls fruit everyday. Some folks claim the feeding layers anything besides their layer feed will "spoil" a hen and she will not lay as much.
    I can't say I get 5 eggs out of 5 hens everyday, but we get enough to tend to ourselves and a few others. If you are not a production Poultry farm, then you must think that your girls are special.Treat them well, and you will see the goodness that you put into them by quality fruits, veggies and feed, you will have them for a long time.
  4. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    That's where I read it!!! Couldn't remember. Although even though they have been eating apples on a daily basis, I did get 3 eggs in 3 weeks...Of course it could be a different chicken each week as they are now 4 mo.s old. and some are at point of lay already.

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