How is this?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jackiedon, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. jackiedon

    jackiedon Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    I bought some milled flax seed, I free range my chickens, I give them laying pellets, I give them a little ground corn each day and I plan to buy some Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. Can I say my eggs have more Omega-3 than the normal eggs in the store?

    jackie
     
  2. mdbucks

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    Quote:Sure you can say it, but you would have to have them tested to be able to back it up.
     
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

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    Check the net and you will find studies showing the omega 3 levels are naturally higher with free ranged birds over the standard industrial confinement layers egg.
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

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    As with all "label claims" which include statements you make verbally, you should be prepared to back it up with data. In the long run, if you are selling a good number of eggs, it may profit to have actual figures in your pocket. I know people are very concious of the Omegas now. I have my grass fed beef and lamb customers telling me how much better it is for them. Talk about an easy sell.
     
  5. as the others have stated you will have to back up the claim, and also when feeding them flax seed do it in moderation 10% of the feed.... feeding higher amounts will effect the egg flavor. It is also a great form of protein. I started feeding mine a mixture of diffy things after reading about it in the farmers almanac other feed you may consider adding to their diet is

    dried sea kelp It is packed with natural macro-nutrients that supplement your bird's diet. Kelp supplies vitamins and minerals they just may not be getting. Kelp meal has been used extensively in the fancy for years. Many of our country's Top Breeders swear by it's effectiveness. It has shown to increase fertility, vitality, and vigor in many a breeder's flock. It helps keep your birds at their peak condition, giving them an edge against disease. Kelp should be added to your grain ration or commercial feed at the rate of 1 lb. to 33 lbs. of feed. You can add it directly to their feed, or top dress their feed by sprinkling kelp over it. which is good considering 4 1/2 lbs runs about 20$

    I also feed mine dried fish meal soybean meal corn oats and a lil olive oil.
     
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

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    My birds (and waterfowl) are always breaking into my bags of kelp meal which I use to make garden fertilizer. At $35 per 50 lbs, it does get me irritated. They are always eating my seed meal, kelp meal and bone meal when I have my back turned.
     
  7. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    On that note. I wanted to give my birds sunflower seeds. Can I give them the ones that still have shells or not?

    Steph
     
  8. Quote:At least you know you have healthy birds [​IMG]
     
  9. mdbucks

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    Quote:Yes Black Oil Sunflower Seeds they will love you long time BOSS-you see in some posts
     
  10. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    and with shells is just fine
     

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