I thought this was an old tale from my "pawpaw" BUT.... when our girls started to slack on the laying he told me to go and buy "hot pepper" . He meant ground cayenne .... I bouth it at wal-mart it is 2/1.00 with the spices. (I bought the cheap stuff) I bought 6 bottles and mixed 4 of them with some cornmeal. Well believe it or not in just a few days they were laying better so I used the other 2 bottles and they were back on track in no time!!! Have you ever heard of this???