Omega 3 and omega 6 in respect of grass fed animals & birds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Glenda L Heywood, May 2, 2009.

  1. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There has been much discussion of the fact that grass fed birds have Omega 3 in them.

    This information denotes with grass fed chickens or beef it means the added Omegsa oils are there
    and that is good for people's lives.
    Well, after some research I do find that what they eat is what the egg and meat is made of.

    from:
    Why Grassfed Animal Products Are Better Chickens that eat vegetables high in omega 3 fats, along with insects and lots of fresh green grass, supplemented with fresh and dried fruit, ...
    www.mercola.com/beef/health_benefits.htm

    Your Body Can't Make These Fats So You Have to Get Them From Your Diet


    Omega 3 and omega 6 fats are not interconvertible in your body and are important components of practically all cell membranes.

    Whereas the proteins in your cell are genetically determined, the unsaturated fats of all your cell membranes is to a great extent determined on what you eat.

    Therefore you need sufficient amounts of dietary omega 6 and omega 3 fats and they need to be balanced for normal development.

    From:

    Grass Fed Beef - Health Benefits Jan 18, 2007 ... In fact, countries with a high level of omega-3 consumption have fewer ... i.e., grass-fed cattle produced higher percentages of omega 3 ...
    www.csuchico.edu/agr/grassfedbeef

    Grass-fed beef, or beef produced from cattle finished on forage only diets, has been touted as a more nutritious beef product. There are a number of reports that show grass-fed beef products contain elevated concentrations of ?-carotene and a-tocopherol, increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a more desirable omega-3:eek:mega-6 ratio, and increased levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), all substances reported to have favorable biological effects on human health.

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    Food that is High in Omega-3 Meat and dairy products may contain omega-3 but the animals must then have been fed fresh grass, something which is not so common today with the demand for ...
    www.omega-3.se/en/food.html - 19k - Cached - Similar pages
     
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Interesting, thanks for posting it [​IMG]
     
  3. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good post Glenda. Will
     
  4. jamieneenah

    jamieneenah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know if adding flax seeds to the hens diet increases the omega 3 in the eggs they produce.
    Thanks
    Jamie
     
  5. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes I think that you will find several interesting thought on using flax seed in the chickens diet
    to increase flax omega 3 oil in the actual egg
    go to
    http://www.google.com
    enter flax seed and chickens
    here are just some of the thoughts
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  6. jamieneenah

    jamieneenah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the intresting information. I feed grit, do i still need to worry about the size of the grass fed? Would hay and alfalfa be better?
    Thanks
    Jamie
     
  7. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    grit in its use is not the factor in this information
    the grit is in the gizzard which is NOT the crop where the feed eaten by the chicken goes FIRST
    the way this works is the chicken keeps stuffing long pieces of grass in its beak and this goes to the crop
    in the crop it continues to wind around and around and makes a laege hard ball of grass

    then the chicken can't get rid of it
    thus one needs to do crop surgery on the bird
    if you are not strong enough to do the surgery your self
    then the only thing is finding a vet to do the surgery
    and vets usually charge any thing over $100.00 to do this ssurgery

    which I have done many times as having pouter pigeons they eat grains and some of the grains are not small enough to go thru the crop hole to the gizzard

    so because I did not have money to spend on vets I learned how
    you have to take in consideration that I was raised up on a working farm in the 40's thru the 80's and learned to be sufficient in my work

    The crop surgery really is not hard and had a fellow from Georgia call me one nite at 1:30 in the morning and give him and his wife a walk thru the surgery on a very expensive large fowl cochin
    so it is doable and necessary if that is what has to be done

    I have a nice version of it given me by a friend and it is some what easy to do and very safe
    email me PM and will send the surgery procedure to you all

    Now back to
    Hay and alfalfa
    I always hung a piece of baled alfalfa wrapped in a piece of chicken wire from the ceiling to 12-18 inches from the floor
    very good for the chickens as they pick the leaves off the stems
    restock when it is just stems
    fresh alfalfa is good as it is small lesaves and the chickens do eat it
    hay perse' is not much on it if not alfalfa
    that is why people use it for beding as it is stems mostly
    any other question PM me or use my email listed here
     

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