Like most farmers, you probably think your chickens must stop producing eggs after 2, maybe 3, years. I, on the other hand, have some ladies that have been laying eggs for almost 5. How to increase egg production in my chickens hence becomes a common worry.
In a post earlier this year, I mentioned the use of organ meats from land animals to get my birds back online. It also helped them get their feathers back. But then I ran out and things began to slow once again.
A few months ago, while reviewing my class notes from some Korean Natural Farming (KNF) classes I have taken over the years, I noticed a side note that isn’t found in any of the printed books. It involves combining Water Soluble Calcium (WCA or WSC – in KNF speak) and Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate (WCP or CaPo).
The idea is to combine these at a ratio of 1:1, then to further dilute at a rate of 1:400 — that’s 1 ml to 400 ml (about 1.75 cups) of water. It seems a little confusing at first, especially for those of us who don’t use the metric system.
My late instructor, Kim Chong Suk, taught us to make separate bottles for each targeted KNF input. So, for example, I have a bottle named Chix Mix (my name for it) which also has the recipe and dilution rates noted. I have other bottles for plants in the vegetative stage; the changeover stage, to encourage fruiting plants to shift over to blossoming; and fruiting stage to name a few. Let me know in the comments below, if you want me to give recipes for these as well.
KNF uses homeopathic amounts of these inputs, so don’t insist that more is better. You may just kill your plants. That said, one milliliter of extra input probably won’t be a dealbreaker. You may also find that depending on how much water your chickens actually drink that you need to double the amount. All this I say to get myself off the hook as someone will inevitably complain that my dilution rate is off. Gotta love know-it-alls.
Since one teaspoon, my American friend, is 5 ml of liquid, I would suggest using one scant teaspoon of Chix Mix per half gallon of water. A half gallon is roughly 2 liters of water. To make this even easier, let’s 1.5 tsp per gallon of water. As a general rule of thumb, if the water looks colored by the input or you can taste it (yes, done right, it’s perfectly safe to consume), you’ve put too much.
To boost this formula, it is recommended to add 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) of seawater per gallon of water. If you don’t live near the sea, you can use 33 g of natural salt such as Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt to one liter/quart of water. This will provide your flock and plants with extra balanced minerals. Note that table salt and Kosher salt are both highly processed and therefore will not work. In fact, they will likely kill your plants.
In Addition to Increased Egg Production, This Combo Has Also Helped With:
- complete lack of egg production
- weak eggshells
- stinky, weird colored eggs
- missing feathers (although this could also be from henpecking)
- a paralyzed chicken that couldn’t even walk (she was separated from the flock and grew all her feathers back)
This Mix Can Also Help Plants With:
- preventing fruits from getting stung
- strengthening fruit skins so they don’t split
- reducing blossom end rot
- preventing mealy fruit flesh
- promoting shiny peels and fragrant flesh
The label should read: CHIX MIX; 1:400 + 1/4 SW; Recipe: 1 WCP:1 WCA
Got another natural way to improve your fruits, veggies and eggs? Think you’re willing to try this? Please let me know below!
How To Increase Egg Production In Chickens
- Water Soluble Calcium (WCA or WSC – in KNF speak)
- Water Soluble Calcium Phosphate (WCP or CaPo)
- 1 part water soluable calcium
- 1 part water soluable calcium phosphate
- Further dilute at a rate of 1:400 — that's 1 ml to 400 ml (about 1.75 cups) of water