want a tip that will make your hens lay like its spring in the winter

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by incubatingisfun, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2009
    ONLY IN THE WINTER. i would add 8 table spoons to that much feed for rowzy
  2. Rowzy

    Rowzy Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2009
    Renton, WA
    Thank you, I will have to try this.
  3. vladchick

    vladchick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2010
    Milton, WA
    Thanks for the tip. I have 13 hens and geting mabe 4 eggs a day. I let you how it works. What food is it best to mix it with? Thanks
  4. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2009
    pellets feed is the best
  5. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    I have been putting pepper in my girls feed for about 2 years now and it does work. I have no set amount, I just add what I think is enough to the feed. I just sprikle it on top of the feed. I put vinager and a glove garlic in their water about once a week. Do NOT put this in a metal waterer, it will poison your birds, use plastic or rubber bowls, ONLY. It helps to keep their sinus' clear and also helps to keep lice and mites off of them. I do not have heat or have lights in my coop, nor is their water heated.

    I have fed my birds cabbage and onions and never tasted anything different in their eggs. They wont eat the onions. I have been told that cabbage will make the girls infertile, I dont know if that is true or not. Never did a test to see. I have fed all of my birds stuff we have gotten out of dumpsters from the grocery store, meats, cheese, milk, cakes, pies, fruits, veggies, breads, you name it. I have never noticed any different taste in the eggs. Some of the meats I cook and some I give to them raw, like hamburg. I havent had any birds get sick or kill over from being fed any of this stuff. It helps on the feed bill, we go thru 1300 lbs in a month, plus they get lots of vitamins and minerals from this stuff and they LOVE it, when they see me coming with a box of this stuff, they are knocking eachother over to get to me frist, flying up on me, they go nuts over it all.

    I hope that all was of some help to you all.................
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  6. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    This is an interesting bit of research on Capsaicin in laying hens. The investigators were seeing if there was an activity(s) in Capsaicin that would impact body fat (lower it), but they also examined egg shell/egg quality/laying along the way. This might only pertain to Leghorns of a certain strain (line) and age (research subjects).

    Ground peppers from this family do provide vitamins.

  7. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Thanks for posting this link. I always like to read about studies relating to what we hear online. This one sort of repudiated all our guesses on why cayenne pepper might , increase egg-laying. So if it works, we take it as a great mystery of life and if it doesn't, we've only lost a small jar of cayenne pepper! [​IMG]
    Now if we could just find a good research study on the great ACV theory......
  8. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I [​IMG] read this and just had to go try it. Can chickens taste [​IMG] the cayenne pepper? It sure looked like they were drinking more water that they usually do.
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  9. bigstack

    bigstack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    Texarkana, TX
    Yes It does work. I have been telling alot of people here the same thing. My granny used to do it all my life. She just baked it into a pan of cornbread. Like you would eat but add 1 tbl sp. of cayenne. Kinda a treat for them aswell.

    Good luck and God Bless!
  10. zoomia

    zoomia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    Actually, one can't actually say that the study debunked it. They were testing for something else entirely and all their hens started out laying. Our working hypothesis has never been that it makes hens produce MORE, just that it jump starts them into laying AGAIN.

    Not saying that it works, just that the study doesn't repudiate the claims.

    Though it was an interesting read ... thanks for posting.

    So I tried the pepper last week. I went from 2-3 eggs a day to a whopping six yesterday and today (out of 12 hens, not all of whom are laying yet). On the other hand, the days are getting longer and warmer, and the sun has been shining. So one can't tell from my "study" either.

    I think somebody with a couple of pens needs to do a controlled experiment. Any volunteers?

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