Warm Food - Makes hens lay more eggs? Is this true?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mrs. Fluffy Puffy, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    My mom heard somebody say if you give your hens warm food it makes them lay more eggs? True or False?
     
  2. Chickiemama1010

    Chickiemama1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    False. hens ovulate just like any other animal. they just do it on their timing/cycle. Its hormonal. some hens lay more frequently than others, but none the less hormones are responsible for ovuation. As they age, they go thru a period of inconsistency and stop laying, kindof like ...chicken menopause.

    I do not believe the temperature of the food has anything to do with this.

    What they eat, light, water, temp, moulting etc can cause a lapse in laying, but thats entirely different than an old spent hen.
     
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    I figured it was - but it never hurts to check it out! [​IMG]
     
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Happy hens lay more eggs. I'm sure chickens would enjoy a little warm mash on a cold winter morning...not so much in the middle of the summer, though.
     
  5. Chickiemama1010

    Chickiemama1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    right. HaPPY hens. Of course extremely cold weather will slow em down. Extreme heat too. Your hens will lay as many eggs as their hormones allow. some breed such as australorps, RIRs or delawares lay daily. Others like onamental breeds lay 1-2 eggs/week. I had a silver EE bantam hen that NEVER laid an egg, until she went broody, Then she'd lay 15 in a week. They never hatched (she was "wild' and not in the coop with the roo) and she hid her nest so I never found them till they were old/rotting. No warm meal would make her lay an egg for me. She laid when her hormones told her it was time...

    Thats all I was saying. There are so many "wives tales' you hear from older generations. You just gotta put your filter on sometimes. I have heard lots of things, and there may be a foundation of truth to them, but it has not seemed to affect my bunch for better or worse (dont feed fruit to layers, it will make them stop laying-ever hear that? I give mine fruit scraps prob 3x a week and I get roughly 7-8 eggs/day from 8 hens)). I feed them chicken food, give them treats-even fruit, fresh water, and a little attention. all is well in my coop.
     
  6. suburbanminifarm

    suburbanminifarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine sure enjoy a hot breakfast of dog kibble oatmeal! (kibble soaked in hot water till soft) It makes them happy but IDK if it makes them lay more...
     

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