Does Scratch and cracked corn reduce Egg Laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CiceroChickenMan, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. CiceroChickenMan

    CiceroChickenMan New Egg

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    I have been giving my hens scratch and cracked corn, will this keep them from laying?
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    good question..i also heard that somewhere on here..but, i'd like to know if it is true or not..thanks, Wendy
     
  3. CiceroChickenMan

    CiceroChickenMan New Egg

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    It would explain alot, I give mine scratch and cracked corn 2 or 3 times a day. I like to spoil them, but maybe I have been hurting them.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Been feeding scratch grains every day since the weather cooled, about two weeks ago.
    I've had two new layers since then. For a total of 12 layers, four to go.
     
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  5. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

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    One of the bad things that I have heard about scratch or cracked corn is just to not give them too much of it in the warm months because it raises their body temps too much and then they can suffer from heat exhaustion. [​IMG]
     
  6. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two young hens lay every day. I give them scratch in the afternoons. They always have layers pellets available and free range.
     
  7. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine get scratch daily. Just not too much of it. They started laying two weeks ago, and I'm getting 5 eggs a day now. I think 6 or 7 are laying.
     
  8. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Quote:Where in the world do ideas like this come from??
     
  9. mlmadura

    mlmadura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine get mainly layer pellets with some cracked corn thrown in because they are piggies - they also get oatmeal and greens daily - spoiled little critters!
     
  10. mlmadura

    mlmadura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i read in a chicken care guide the thing about scratch causing the temps to rise - ive actually see it several places
     

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