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spike water with catenne pepper?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Anny, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    My grandpa was telling me in the winter he used to Spike the chicken waterers with cayenne pepper. This will give the chickens a warm feeling similar to summertime. This will encourage the chickens to lay eggs on a regular basis. IS that true or is he making stuff up?

  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Chickens do not have tastebud heat receptors like humans. Some old farmers do think and have suggestable evidence that heavy concentration of red pepper will help 'burn a molt' and get hens to laying on a more normal schedule. It most likely has nothing to do with the heat factor of peppers but the nutrative properties of peppers. If you can stand the heat hot peppers are exceptionally good for you too.
  3. lovemychix

    lovemychix Songster

    Oct 14, 2008
    Moulton Iowa
    That was interesting.
  4. newnanchic

    newnanchic Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    My granpa says them same thing . Except instead of water we put it in cornmeal I use a 2 lb bag of meal and 2 containers of cayenne (wal-mart 2 for 1.00) mix it together and it does help them to atart laying again. Then 2 weeks later we do it all over again. We have eggs all year long.
  5. BethinIrving

    BethinIrving Songster

    Nov 13, 2008
    I'm old as dirt so I remember when red pepper was used to get chickens to lay. I don't use it on my hens, but do on occasion put coffee in their water. My hens began laying a month early, they lay every day and I don't feed laying mash to them. I have also put some cooked coffee grounds mixed in with their feed on occasion. My hens are fed hen scratch corn with starter crumbles mixed in. I also cook them rice and they get table scraps. Their favorite thing, though is what they find as they free range. They caught a frog and you would have thought the sickening affair was a celebration feast.

    My hens are healthy and active and spoiled rotten as is my goose. Three days ago a neighbor's dog jumped the fence and killed my other little goose that was disabled. Still grieving that ---

    Oh, one more thing I do is make sure and wash all the water and food bowls every day. And I carefully monitor their health. The reason I mix starter crumbles in their food is because it has antibiotic in it. Squirrels and wild birds come down to eat with my birds and I don't want any diseases getting in my flock.

    Coffee is a stimulant to the birds so don't use a lot of it.

    My yard is raked every day and a fresh supply of leaves are put down over the entire yard about ankle deep. The shelter is thoroughly cleaned every day as are the perches they sleep on at night. I use bags of water hung everywhere to keep flies away (they do work), and when all the hard work is done every day, I sit with a cup of coffee and watch my precious birds go about the business of being delightful critters.

  6. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    Lake Como, Fl. 32157
    I don't know if this is relevant but cayenne pepper has anti-inflammatory properties.
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:I agree.

  8. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Tried it! Forth of a bottle in 2 gallons of water split between two pens. About half settled out before they would drink it. They sure acted like they thought it was spicy. My one cochin quit laying after being a steady 3 eggs a week. My 9 EEers weren't laying at all an I got 4 eggs from them 48 hours after spiking there water. Two weeks later I'm still getting 2 a day from them. May try it again?
  9. luvmygirlsinAK

    luvmygirlsinAK Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    North Pole, Ak
    Cayenne pepper improves the circulation. If you eat something with cayenne in it, particularly a fairly large amount, you will become quite warm, and your face may even flush. This is the reason many people in cold climates spike the water with cayenne to help keep the chickens warm. People have been known to put cayenne pepper in the bottom of their boots for warmth when it is 50 below zero F. My son does this, as well as take it internally.

    It will also stop a wound from bleeding profusely if sprinkled on it. It regulates the blood pressure. My son-in-law is an herbalist. Our family takes it to be healthy. It is a natural healer. If given to a person having a heart attack, it can stop the attack almost immediately. Many herbalists recommend it as the #1 herb to have in your medicine cabinet, and recommend keeping some in your glove compartment for emergencies.
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:It can stop a heart attack!?..really? how?..i'm very interested in this..thanks!, Wendy

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