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How do I increse the OMEGA 3 FA in my hens eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chuckzoo, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    I would like to have the healithiest eggs possible since we each eat about two a day. What supplements can I add to my feed? I have very limited ability to free range.
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Dark, green leafy veggies (kale, swiss chard, grass), fish meal, flax seed oil/flax seeds, are all good sources, but don't overdo it or your eggs will taste funky/fishy.

    Good luck.
     
  3. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Our hens lay eggs with the darkest orange yolks whenever they get fresh raw beef liver. And they almost tear our fingers off when we feed it, in little slivers. I've read that insects too have many more Xs the omega-3 FAs as almost anything else. So, if you can harvest and feed insects, that would be good for them, too. Otherwise, liver.
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    As said by CMV [​IMG]

    Free ranging / pasturing hens is a REALLY big plus, but aside from that, feeding them greens, fish, flax, etc also helps.
     
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  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    It's pretty easy to grow flats of wheat grass for your chickens. Also other dark leafy greens. There's a great wheat grass thread going on right now that you should check out. You can sprout them with just water or grow them in pots. Some people rotate garden flats or pots of grass and greens into the run for chickens. You can also just cut some off and toss it in.
     
  6. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    They are getting greens on a daily basis.

    I have heard about the liver before so will have to try that.

    I was looking forward adding fax seeds, kelp, algae and maybe hemp, but other than the flax seeds which are readily available I don't know about the others and how much to add for 4 hens.
     
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Grass, clover, greens and sunshine. These are the cheapest too. If you don't have good pasture, flax seeds, leftover green veggies from the kitchen, and sprouts.
     

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