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Chicken feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chickenbob, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. Chickenbob

    Chickenbob Hatching

    Feb 8, 2007
    Mesa, Arizona
    I was reading today about Omega 3 eggs which come from chickens that are fed Omega 3 fats. Does anyone know of a ready made feed that supplies this? Or perhaps you might be aware of a supplement that would do the job.
    The article went on to explain that most of us are deficient in Omega 3's and I was thinking, if we could get them in our eggs, life would be great, or at least we could have one less thing to worry about.
    Any input would be appreciated.

  2. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    Free-ranging supplies them with omega 3's -- from green growing things. But flax seeds are a good concentrated source.

    The one complication here is that there are 3 different chemical forms of omega 3's and the ones we are usually deficient in are the ones that are only found in certain seafoods. The human body can convert the flax seed omega 3's to the ones we are more deficient in, but it isn't an efficient conversion.

    Still I think free-range is much healthier than caged.
  3. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Fish or fish oil, but free ranging they get plenty [​IMG]
  4. Chickenbob

    Chickenbob Hatching

    Feb 8, 2007
    Mesa, Arizona
    Well my birds are free-ranging so I guess it's all good. Thanks so much for the timely replies, you guys have been a great help for quite some time for me.
    Take care and have a nice weekend.

  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Flax in small quantities will help increase the omega 3's but really, the best way to get it is to eat fish/seafoods... or more efficiently, just eat the flax seed yourself. The human body can only synthesize fatty acids with omegas of 9 and above.
  6. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    The layer mash I get from Countryside Natural contains flax seed to boost the Omega-3. I also have some flax in their supplement feeder.

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