Flaxseed and tumors?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jojorose8, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. jojorose8

    jojorose8 Chirping

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    My Golden Comet, Hazel, has been laying thin shelled eggs. After trying all the usual stuff with no luck, I took her to the vet. Xrays determines she has some tumors in her reproductive track. She was injected with Suprelorin in hopes that stopping her reproduction will either get rid of the tumors or stop them from spreading. I’ve been reading the flaxseed is helpful in slowing the growth of ovarian tumors in hens. Does anyone know the amount they should get? And is whole or ground better?
     
  2. Thyme4Chickens

    Thyme4Chickens Songster

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    I'm sorry about your hen :( I don't know about flaxseed - hopefully someone else will. How old is Hazel?
     
  3. AmyJane725

    AmyJane725 Crowing

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    I don't know specifically either, but I'd imagine that getting whole and then grinding them yourself (so you know they're fresh) would be the way to go.
     
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    jojorose8 Chirping

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    Hazel is only 2. The vet said this is the sad fate of the hybrid hens who lay daily. It’s just too much on their little bodies.
     
  5. Mosey2003

    Mosey2003 Crowing

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    I'm not sure why flaxseed would help stop ovarian tumors, as it actually contains phytoestrogens, but... I would grind it, and probably a teaspoon or tablespoon a day, I'd imagine. We used to give horses up to 1/4 cup. Coffee grinder works well.
     
  6. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

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    There have been studies, and at least one clinical trial involving flaxseed and ovarian tumors, hens were used for studies. It's not a cure, but looks like it might help to reduce metastasis and prolong survival. The only drawback to flaxseed that I'm aware of in hens is that it can make the eggs taste off or fishy. I was not able to find a 'dosage' or 'amount' other than one clinical trial (for humans) that was looking at a 20 gram per day amount.
    Here are a couple links, if you search for "flaxseed for tumors in hens" you will get a bunch:
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100504124740.htm
    https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02324439
     
  7. Thyme4Chickens

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    Yeah, this is what I've heard, too :(

    @coach723 Thanks for the links! Fascinating stuff.
     
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  8. jojorose8

    jojorose8 Chirping

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    Those are the articles I saw as well. I did read another article that said long term flaxseed use in chickens can cause liver hemorrhages, but of course it didn’t specify “long term”. Thanks so much for the help!
     

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