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    Making hens lay

    I know this has been talked about alot but what's the best way to get a hen laying early I've heard a can of cat food then keep laying pellets by them does this work? Another person told me 28% breeder pellets but I've called every feed store within 50 miles nobody carries nothing like that just 16-17% laying pellets and laying crumbles is this good enough?

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    Re: Making hens lay

    It is the lights that get them laying. They get about 14 hours of light with good feed and they will lay.

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    Re: Making hens lay

    Lights on a timer will do the trick. As the days get longer in the spring breeding season begins. Just imitate that with artificial lights.

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    Re: Making hens lay

    Ok I will do that

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    Re: Making hens lay

    It's science not magic. The hens and the cock need minimum 14 hours of light a day. This gets the hormones going in their body. It causes the hens to lay and gets the males juices flowing stronger.

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    Re: Making hens lay

    You cant fool mother nature. Hens lay by the length of Day light hours or length of day.. No pellets or Cat food will change that.. Lights is the only way to get them to lay when the days are short. I for one have never been one to put my birds on lights..
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    I know this has been talked about alot but what's the best way to get a hen laying early I've heard a can of cat food then keep laying pellets by them does this work? Another person told me 28% breeder pellets but I've called every feed store within 50 miles nobody carries nothing like that just 16-17% laying pellets and laying crumbles is this good enough?

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    Re: Making hens lay

    Lights and chick starter and you will have more eggs than you know what to do with.

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    Re: Making hens lay

    all that have posted are correct, it is the light mainly along with layer pellets, chick starter will work too. I have my lights coming on at 4 am and going off at 7 am, I will be winding down in January for a February finish.this is what I like to do and works good for me.yfis deepriver

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    Re: Making hens lay

    I can remember my dad mixing a couple table spoons of crushed cayenne pepper in the hens wet mash. There but would get red and they would be laying soon.

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    Re: Making hens lay

    My dad told me to do the same thing lablue.
    Layer pellets and hole corn. keep a milk jug full of oster shells.
    But lights on a timer

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    Re: Making hens lay

    Quote Originally Posted by LaBlue View Post
    I can remember my dad mixing a couple table spoons of crushed cayenne pepper in the hens wet mash. There but would get red and they would be laying soon.
    My grandfather did that also but but dont think i ever tried it myself

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    Re: Making hens lay

    I make sure the brood pen is prepared, clean and nest bucket or box ready. The hen or pullet should be parasite free inside and out, and have a nice full breast. I increase the protein using 30% CP game bird starter https://www.strombergschickens.com/p...d/Chicken-Feed . This works for me and I have a few sitting right now.

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    Re: Making hens lay

    I will say I have hens running loose and one just hatched out chicks. Not much daylight now,gets dark by six

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