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Ever heard giving laying hens crushed red pepper to make them lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jsjustice7, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. jsjustice7

    jsjustice7 In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2008
    Sumrall, MS
    A few years ago, I received my first laying hens that was given to me but they weren't laying even though they were over a year old. I don't know if they were laying before I got them. An old farmer I met at my local co-op told me to give them crush red pepper in their feed and they will start laying. I did this and it worked. Has anyone ever heard of this? And any idea why it worked?

  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I've read it on here before. I tried it on my hens, but I don't know if it worked.

    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011
  3. write2caroline

    write2caroline Songster

    Jun 21, 2009
    I had a neighbor swear by it but I tried it. I am not sure if it worked but I read it will worm them too!
  4. A lady I work with told me its not a good idea, as it can throw them into a laying frenzy to the point where their laying years are dramatically reduced. Anyone else hear that?

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