Flax seed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by horsefeathers09, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. horsefeathers09

    horsefeathers09 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have tons of flax seed from horse I no longer have and I was wondering if I could give my chickens some for a treat? I want to get rid of it and hate to throw it away, it's spendy! thanks
     
  2. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read somewhere that if you feed too much flax seed, you might see a drop in egg production. I'm not sure if this is due to the high fiber content or certain compounds found in flax seed, so if you do feed them with it (which I do; I mix it in homemade scratch), it'd be safer to do it sparingly.
     
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Manitoba provincial agriculture agency has information & a formula that uses flax. It amounts to 10% of the formula.

    I have no experience with flaxseed but have read that too much in a layer feed, will give eggs a "fishy" flavor.

    Steve
     
  4. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    They'll also hit home runs and have gianormous heads just like Barry Bonds.
     
  5. littlechick33

    littlechick33 New Egg

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    I heard that adding flax seed to their feed would increase the amount of omega 3 in their eggs, but I was wondering how much to give them?
     

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