Read this article for the characteristics associated with egg laying.
An article from the Dec 2010/Jan 2011 Backyard Poultry magazine; An Herbal Mash for Sick Chickens. I’ll link to it if they put it up on the website, otherwise all you get is my abbreviated version. Update: here’s the link
Ingredients per bird:
- 1/2 cup grain (corn, oats, barley, oatmeal, etc)
- 1/2 tsp Echinacea powder
- 1/2 tsp Astragalus powder
- 1/2 tsp Oregon Grape or Goldenseal powder
- 1 Tbsp ACV
- 1 heaping Tbsp Probiotic powder
Cook the grains in water until mushy, let cool (not cold), then stir in herbs. If mix is too stiff stir in warm water until mushy but not soupy.
Feed to your birds once per day for three days, then rest one day. Then three more, one off, as needed. You can still eat your eggs, but they may taste different. This is meant to boost your birds imune systems to help them get over any viral diseases they might be strugglig with, not as a cure all for any and all illnesses.
The US Poultry Genome Project for your reading pleasure