Flax seeds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by aje127, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. aje127

    aje127 Out Of The Brooder

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    I know that for humans, we have to grind up flax seed to get any nutritional value from it, but do I have to do that for the chickens too?
    wouldn't they just be able to grind it up in their crop?
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

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    Flax seeds are a wonderful source of omega 3 for chickens. It's very good for them.
     
  3. Chris09

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    Linseed (flax seed) is ok for chickens when I did feed it I soaked it over night because of the harder to digest fiber.
     
  4. JMarch

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    I've heard that it can make the eggs taste a little fishy
     
  5. Chris09

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    It can if you use to much, if I remember right it's only like 3% of their total diet.
    That would be like 3 lbs flax to 97 lbs feed, there was also studies done that showed hens fed a high amount of Linseed (flax) over a long period of time have over all smaller eggs with less yolk, chicken had liver hemorrhages, and loss of body weight.
     
  6. aje127

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    yikes. fishy eggs....ick. maybe I should just forego the flax seed then? I don't have much. maybe a cup. I was just going to give it to the girls (I have 9) instead of throwing it out.
     
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  7. aje127

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    did you soak it in water or cider vinager
     
  8. Chris09

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    No, Just plain tap water.
     
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  9. JMarch

    JMarch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that wouldn't be too much- I hear it makes them fishy if you feed it to them a lot. Also heard that feeding cottonseed makes the yolks green (gross)
     
  10. Chris09

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    No it's not. the problem is, high amounts of flax can cause a drop in egg production and health problems in the birds.

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