stimulants in layer feed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fowlwoman1, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    Wenatchee, WA
    someone told me that there are stimulants in layer feed and that it makes them lay more eggs, but for fewer years. Is all this true?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, it isn't true unless there is some special hi-test food out there I've never heard about. It's like some people say there are hormones in chicken feed and there arent.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:What speckledhen said. It's the genetics that make the birds lay a lot for a short period of time. However... my production leghorns haven't missed a beat though their second year of laying, and they were from the group that came down with cocci, which usually decreases their productivity as layers. I guess in a few years I'll know how well they continue to lay. They lay their weight in eggs every 2-3 weeks.
  4. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    Light (even artificial) is the trigger for lay.
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    The layer feed gives them all the nutrients they need to produce eggs. Even with a good natural diet they can be lacking small trace minerals. The commercial laying feeds gives them a complete diet of proper nutrition. Everything else we do is extra.

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