putting pepper in chickens feed or water?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by red reaper, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. red reaper

    red reaper Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2008
    North Central Missouri
    Had a mennonite tell me yesterday that he remembered his folks using pepper, maybe hot pepper in the chickens water or feed to increase or stimulate egg laying in hens that had quit laying. Has anyone heard of this? he thought it had something to do with the chicken tending to drink more water when it ate feed with pepper in it.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2008
  2. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    There was an interesting post on here one time that referred to "burning the molt". I think it was done in the spring, and suggested putting a can of red pepper into a 5 gal. bucket of corn, cover with water, let sit overnight, then drain water out and feed the corn to the chickens. I've never done it, and don't know anyone who has, but the OP swore by it. You might look that up.

    ETA -- BTW, the religious sect is "Mennonite" (at the risk of sounding facetious, it's spelled like the Deodorant!)
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2008
  3. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    I have no idea about how it would affect egg production, but FYI birds can't taste the "heat" of hot peppers, so I kind of doubt that it would make them drink more water. It may improve their blood circulation and thereby stimulate egg production, but my guess is that it wouldn't have a profound effect.
  4. red reaper

    red reaper Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2008
    North Central Missouri
    Got that spelling fixed!

    He said he remembered it working real well, said they went to town laying after they did the pepper trick,but couldnt remember exactly what or how they did it. Said they did it when he was a child at home. That is interesting that a chicken cant feel heat from food.
  5. tmb3fan

    tmb3fan Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2008
    Central Mississippi
    I actually just read this last night in one of the Foxfire books (3).

    Here is the quote exactly as written in the book: "In the sping after the warm weather started, my mother would grind up red pepper and feed'em - that'd make their comb turn just as red, and they'd go t'laying. "

    I wonder if this will work on 20 week olds who aren't laying yet? I sure wish they would hurry up!

  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    My understanding of this is the red pepper flakes help control the worm load, which aids in production. When worms are causing issues with the birds, production decreases. This helps alleviate that.

  7. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    This is TRUE !!!!!! We had the same problem and my PawPaw who is 79 told me to buy cayenne pepper (you can get it at wal-mart on the spice aisle 2/1.00) and to mix 2 bottles of the ground pepper with 1 pound of cornmeal and put it out for them to eat . Then 2 weeks later do it again. And it does work. It is true the hens cannot taste the pepper it is supposed to heat their insides up. And it worked for us !!!!!!!
  8. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I just sprinkle crushed red pepper on top of the feed. They love it and usually egg production does increase.
  9. Chookmitten

    Chookmitten Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 8, 2008
    King County, Wa
    I have added cayenne to my feed since I put my chickens out of my house and into theirs. I do it to keep the squirrels out of the feed.

    Instead of gorging for several minutes, they take a couple of bites, their tails twitch, and they rocket back up the tree. It's too expensive to feed chickens and squirrels.

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