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Flax seed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by abhaya, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
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    I found a 5 gallon bucket of flax seed in the barn when I was cleaning out some stuff. It is good I sprouted some. Would it be a good treat for the girls?
     
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Supposedly adding flax seed to the layers' diet will increase the Omega-3 in their eggs. I mix some with my feed for that reason but never sure how much or whether it is doing any good. Bottom line: they will eat it and it can't hurt them.
     
  3. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    cool thats all I needed to know.
     
  4. BlacksheepCardigans

    BlacksheepCardigans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wpchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe it's just me but it seems that a simpler way to increase your omega-3's
    would be to just eat the flax yourself rather than getting it second hand through an egg.

    I put ground flax in smoothies, breads, oatmeal, whatever you want really.

    But if the chicken's themselves require omega-3's ???????? then I think that would be the
    only logical reason to add flax.
     
  6. churchx3

    churchx3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read on BYC that too much flax can cause eggs to have a weird taste...something to think about.
     
  7. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you do feed or eat flaxseed make sure you grind it. Otherwise you will get NO benefit from it. I feed it to my horses and it has helped with there immune system. If you have chickens that need a boost to there immune system I'd suggest some flaxseed. Especially during molt. Just a thought.
     
  8. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Chickens' gizzards do a sufficient job grinding up the flaxseed. Not necessary and, probably a bit wasteful, to do it for them.
     
  9. HenThymes

    HenThymes pippin ain't easy

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    Flax seed is not only good for them it also is very good for healthy plumage, making their feathers vibrant, shiny and full of color. We feed flax to all of our horses as well as our chickens. Puts a shine on our horses like nothing else can! [​IMG]
     
  10. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    I know it also helps promote healthy hoof growth in horses so it would make sense that it would promote good feather growth in chickens. Good for healthy skin too!
     

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