Molasses and Chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cajunmudbugs, May 27, 2011.

  1. cajunmudbugs

    cajunmudbugs Hatching

    May 27, 2011
    Someone told me that if a hen eats molasses in feed, like sweet feed, they will quit laying. Is that true at all? He said the same thing about fruit, if you feed it to them they will quit laying. I have never heard such a thing.
  2. mlward

    mlward Chirping

    Oct 19, 2010
    Tuscarora, NY
    I'm not sure about the molasses, although I see it's an ingredient on the supplement I add to their water. As for fruit, I give it all the time and haven't noticed a decrease in egg production.
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Free Ranging

    Oct 16, 2008
    interesting theory.. another bit of unsubstantiated advice to add to the abundant list of useless and incorrect material we are bombarded with each day..
  4. Razadia

    Razadia The Odd One

    Apr 7, 2011
    Montgomery, Alabama
    It doesn't effect laying. I gave the hens some watermelon the other day and they haven't stopped laying. If dad forgets to get feed and we run out he'll give them a bit of sweet stuff (it has molasses in it) and they don't stop. [​IMG] It's just one of those old tales that has no truth behind it.
  5. raph

    raph Songster

    Jul 14, 2012
    if chicken have feed with molasses on it it it bad for them?
  6. raph

    raph Songster

    Jul 14, 2012
    is it i mean
  7. Vicky2479

    Vicky2479 Chirping

    Jun 8, 2012
    The feed I give my hens has molasses added and they are laying just fine, I also give them fruit regularly and that doesn't seem to cause a problems.
  8. JNB

    JNB Songster

    Sep 1, 2011
    Graham, WA.
    Many things like Flock Block actually use molasses in them. I was told by several people to drizzle a little Molasses over my hens feed when she was re cooping from a bad injury and shock. Molasses is a natural blood builder and is full of iron and lots of healing properties.. kinda like putting honey on a scrape. W e use it often with our beef cattle if they have been ill or injured added a little to the food each day for a few days gives a wonderful boost to recovery. I could see how overusing it like maybe feeding bottles of pure molasses might be of concern.. but as a supplement its wonderful.

    As far as fruit.... we always feed fruit and vegetables to our flock almost daily. Not to long ago i adopted a flock of 17 birds.. they are older birds and had not been laying for some time. I found out that they had been eating just grass clippings and bird seed the kind you feed wild birds...
    They wouldn't touch the layer mix I put out... after 3 days I started was worried so I started with just fruits and vegetables..... added with fresh grass... It took about 2 weeks but the started laying and have been consistent since.. They do now eat layer mix just fine.. I just had to introduce it mixed with fruits..:)
  9. raph

    raph Songster

    Jul 14, 2012
    ok that is useful thanks, i once had a bufforpington hen who was very sweat and a dog picked her up in her mouth and then when my dad came around the corner the dog dropped the hen.
    The hen sat in her nest box for two days and then died of shock, but for future i will try molasses.
  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Be careful with the molasses, it can cause diarrhea in chickens. It is used to flush toxins out of chickens, like botulism.


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