treats and egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by oldchickenlady, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    I went to go pick up hay yesterday from a man who has chickens. He sells eggs and vegetables at the farmer's market. I told him about getting my first eggs and we were just talking about feed, etc. He told me he quit giving vegetable/fruit scraps (they do a lot of canning, too) because he noticed every time he gave them the veggie/fruit peelings etc, the hens would quit laying for a day or so. Anyone else ever noticed this? I haven't read anything here about that, so thought I would ask.
  2. cindy99

    cindy99 Songster

    Jul 7, 2010
    Tioga County PA
    I give Snowflake scraps everyday. She comes around to the back door every morning for her snack! She likes cheese, bread, boss, any leftovers. I don't give them a lot but they do enjoy it. [​IMG] Snowflake lays an egg 9 days out of 10. [​IMG]
  3. karimw

    karimw Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    Eastern IA
    I haven't seen any changes in egg laying, but they do get watery stools depending on what they have. They love over sized zucchini but you relly have to watch where you step;)
  4. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Songster

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    My bo was laying 5 days a week, my cracked corn went moldy so I stopped giving it to them and she started laying 6. I haven't bought any more since. I do give table scrap but they tend to eat the meat more than veg. They free range all day
  5. flash5153

    flash5153 Chirping

    May 23, 2010
    I see no truth in that at all.

    I guess,, all chickens could be different but I feed mine these things all the time. No problem with laying.
  6. Lynn in Texas

    Lynn in Texas In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2010
    One of the hatchery catalogs that I received last year said not to feed fruit for the same reason that your farmer suggested. It is the only place I've ever seen that info and my chickens aren't old enough to lay yet. I'll probably do an experiment to find out if there is any validity to this.
  7. fl_deb

    fl_deb Songster

    May 7, 2010
    So is it just fruit? or is it fruit and veggies that are a no-no?

    I have noticed when I feed nuts, my girls lay more consistantly. but I only have two laying right now, but they are 6 of 7 days a week, but they are production RIR.

    It would be an interesting test, because in nature they would have access to vegetables and fruit trees in the wild.
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    The problem isn't the fruits and vegetables, it's usually the volume that people give them. In a balanced diet, fruits and vegetables are good for chickens and make them healthier, just like us. If you give them too much all at once, they'll be getting a lot of carbohydrates, but they won't be getting enough protein. They need a certain amount of extra protein every day, to form an egg.
  9. I feed 24% protein Turkey/Gamebird Feed mixed with 15% BOSS. That way when I give the girls fruit from our trees or veggies from the garden, I know they have received the protein they need to produce their eggs. I pull weeds for them...they love grass clippings and sticker grass...been trying to figure what I'm going to do this Winter to supply their greens.
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas

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