red pepper

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SparksNV, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. SparksNV

    SparksNV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you use ground cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes? how much do you add to your feed? do you add it to dry feed or do you make a mash? I am trying this to encourage egg laying. thanks!
     
  2. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just started using it to discourage worms, as per the advice I received on here. I use cayanne powder and i mix it with the crumbles until it colors the feed a rusty color. The chicks are eating it well and I just orderd a pound for 7 dollars from myspicesage.com. They are only 8 weeks so can't attest to whether or not it affects laying. They have only been eating about 2 days so other than attesting to the fact that they do indeed eat it, I cant verify much at all...but im hopful!
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I sprinkle it on the poop in the yard to keep the dog from eating it.
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I did'nt know it did anything for laying but my girls get a good dose of it from mac&cheese left overs. They love my weekly mac and cheese.
     
  5. SparksNV

    SparksNV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have sprinkled it around my veggies in my garden and around the top of my fence to keep the neighbor's cat out.

    I want to try it for egg laying though.
     
  6. redonthehead

    redonthehead Out Of The Brooder

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    ROFL! I had no idea you could even feed it to the chickens... love the spreading it on the poop comment! Ha ha!

    On a side note, we mix our laying mash with boiling water and the hens LOVE it... occasionally when we just give them the dry mix their egg production goes down. I don't know what it is about the "hot mix" as I call it, but it seems to push the eggs right out of them.
     
  7. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Red pepper has no impact whatsoever on laying. It's an old wives' tale.

    If you want to encourage laying this time of year use supplemental lighting. That is a proven way of doing it.

    Pepper on the poop... Funny. I like the way you think, ddawn.
     
  8. brother-al

    brother-al New Egg

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    i dont know what it does for egg prod. but my birds love the leaves the peppers the whole plant. cleaned my plants up:)
     
  9. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Your dog must be a wuss.LOL.
    My tough as nails "pooper eaters" toy breed house dogs think I put the powder or hot sauce on poop as a condiment.Not LOL for me!
     
  10. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After I read that it might discourage rodents (apparently there's a brand of birdseed that includes pepper to keep squirrels from eating it) I started adding cayenne to dry feed. I just mix in as much as I can tolerate smelling [​IMG]
     

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