Oats for laying?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by love2grinchicke, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. love2grinchicke

    love2grinchicke Chirping

    Oct 5, 2013
    My family moved about 3 months ago, and since then, the chickens haven't been laying. I think that the cold might be an issue, and I saw in the "Backyard Poultry" magazine that feeding them oats might help? How would I do that, and will it actually help the laying?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Did the magazine explain how it would help? Sounds like nonsense to me.

    The move was stressful and stopped ovulation. Then, continuously shorter days have prevented the hormones that start up ovulation.

    Optimal nutrition along with longer days will kickstart laying. Oats, while not a bad option for scratch grains, especially in summer won't provide anything nutritionally that would stimulate ovulation.

    And, by the way, cold should have nothing to do with it either unless it's -20 F.

  3. pdirt

    pdirt Songster

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    x2 what CC said. Stress+less light = few to no eggs

    What kind of bird is that in your avatar photo?
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Hope the OP chimes in but my guess is a white capped black polish pullet.

    As for the oats = eggs thing, that's why I take everything I read in "Backyard Poultry" and similar mags with a grain of salt. The few issues I've read have had a couple clearly untrue statements.

    Further, each bit of advice may very well be true for the author's experience and climate but may not be the best advice for someone in a different climate or situation.
    Oats notwithstanding.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2014
  5. jennianne

    jennianne Chirping

    Jun 16, 2014
    NY, Saratoga Springs
    I did not see the article you are referring to, but I recently started sprouting for my girls and in my research have come across this information, too. Usually it comes from old timers/books, the idea that oats helps with laying. I have also read some posts here at BYC that mention this this. Here is an example: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/425134/anybody-raise-sprouts-to-feed-the-chickens/700
    If you look through the whole (loooong) thread, there are several places there that talks about the oats specifically. Not sure if that's what you were looking for, but thought I would post this info just in case.
  6. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Crowing

    Mar 6, 2008
    Northern California
    Oats are a good source of vegetable protein (9-11%) compared to some others. The thicker the oat, the more it retains nutritive value. Oats with hulls have been used in trials from Iowa to Germany and Australia were found to be more desirable than wheat, helped improve feathering in young birds, and reduced cannibalism. A higher fiber content showed it was desirable as one third of a scratch grain. I use crimped oats as an addition for treats or mixed with scratch grains, but don't believe it will somehow start a hen laying like you said, lol. That is determined by length of day for sure. One of the reasons I avoid that magazine is due to the nonsense articles that often appeared in it.

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