old time remedies for good egg-laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Taylor, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Taylor

    Taylor Songster

    Dec 14, 2008
    post some good remedies that keep chickens laying year round. Love 2 hear of some

  2. pkeeler

    pkeeler Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    Putting artificial light in the coop will keep them laying. Plenty of articles around about it. I don't think there is any other way to do it.
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I keep hearing about crushed red pepper being all the rage for keeping them laying in the winter, or jump starting them.

    Seems stupid to me. I have not seen the need to even try it. [​IMG]
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    get hens from strong lines, proven producers of good layers. Sex links, RIR, Leghorns, etc...

    Feed them well, keep them free from parasites, dry and out of drafts. Pour the feed to them and scrape up the poop. That's about it.
  5. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    Calf Manna aka Protein Boost.... I used Calf Manna as their only food source for two weeks and 10 days later they all started laying... and they wont stop..... I think these breeds are winter hardy also.... great layers.... RIR- BA- BO and even the EE! Woo hoo...

  6. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    Warm weather
  7. ChookHappy

    ChookHappy Dances with Chickens

    Oct 12, 2009
    Petaluma, Ca
    This random chicken lady customer at the feed store said to used the artificial light as mentioned above and cat food for keeping them laying or getting them to start in the winter. Ehh... I dunno, the cat food thing I've heard about before but none of my chooks lay and I've been doing that for over a month now. I don't add a lot though and everyone will have different results. These ladies do like it though. They pick through and get at the random pieces.
  8. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    The Calf manna did actually work ...... just fyi........
  9. jqs birds

    jqs birds Songster

    May 10, 2009
    Western Colorado
    A friend told me he uses warm water when the weather gets cold to keep them laying in the winter.
    I never tried it but he swears by it.

  10. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Fort Worth
    I tried the catfood yesterday.. just tossed a handful out there and they ate it up! And today I got my first two green eggs, and one from my trusty light brahma [​IMG]

    I also added a timed light about a week ago.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2010

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