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Old 01-31-2013, 07:12 AM   #11
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Re: My chickens aren't laying...

We light our run in the winter for the same reason. With the light egg production stays close to the same as the warmer months.

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Old 01-31-2013, 02:05 PM   #12
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We have never used any added heat, even when it's -25 out. We do have an insulated coop that is inside of our garage. Days like today when it's only -1 and feels like -10 or lower, I don't bother opening their coop door. I did yesterday and ha no takers that wanted to venture outside. When it's above freezing I will open the door.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:38 PM   #13
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Re: My chickens aren't laying...

This is my first time posting in this forum but had to share... My dad was talking to a guy who said to put cayenne pepper (or any hot pepper) in their food to "heat up their insides" so we tried it. We've gotten quite a large amount of eggs this week foor the first time since before Thanksgiving. So, I'd say it's working. Crazy huh?
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:54 PM   #14
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Re: My chickens aren't laying...

Capsaicin only effects mammals, birds don't feel the heat so my guess is that it's probably an old wives tale.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:38 PM   #15
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Re: My chickens aren't laying...

I read somewhere (the chicken chick maybe?) that people do add it as a health measure but I don't recall exactly why. Leah, you're right though, my chickens ate my bell peppers and jalepeno's right off the plants last year, dummies! LOL
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:35 PM   #16
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We've been mixing cayenne pepper with our girls feed, haven't noticed any increase in eggs. But I have read that it is good for their immune systems. Worth a shot.
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