Omega 3 ???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicchick, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. chicchick

    chicchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there something special they'll need to eat to produce eggs "high in Omega 3"? Or do they just do that anyway? Thanks!
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Usually flax meal or fish meal will boost omega 3 content.
     
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    stay away from anything with soy, safflower or sunflower. I just read a book that says those things increase the Omega 6 oils in eggs. Those are the ones that aren't as healthy for you.

    What the book really says is there needs to be a 1:1 balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6
     
  4. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

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    Allowing them to eat lots of greens and feeding them fish meal or flax will all help. For the most part, hens living on farms (or backyards) produce eggs that are naturally higher in Omega 3 and lower in cholesterol than factory eggs.
     
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    stay away from anything with soy, safflower or sunflower. I just read a book that says those things increase the Omega 6 oils in eggs. Those are the ones that aren't as healthy for you.

    When they cut open those arterial plaques that kill you, they are loaded with omega 6 fatty acids...NOT saturated fat like some would have you believe. The only plant based oils I use are coconut oil and olive oil.​
     
  6. xapikleia

    xapikleia Out Of The Brooder

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    I know that cows who are pastured produce butter with higher omega-3s (something about the sunlight, I can't remember what right now), so would pasturing chickens result in the same effect on the eggs?
     
  7. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

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    Quote:This article gives some good info about why farm hens lay nutritionally better eggs.
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I've been feeding my hens fish lately. They love it... and so far I haven't noticed a difference in taste of eggs... but we gave away about 10 dozen today so I'll wait for comments!
     
  9. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
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    Quote:What about black oil sunflower seed? Isn't that different? I've been giving them to my birds as a treat in their run and coop to keep them busy and they love them, I also throw a bunch of flax seed in their feed and mix it up.
     
  10. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:What about black oil sunflower seed? Isn't that different? I've been giving them to my birds as a treat in their run and coop to keep them busy and they love them, I also throw a bunch of flax seed in their feed and mix it up.

    Dunno. All the book says is sunflower oil. It also says not to feed your chickens (and other livestock) corn as corn oil is also high in Omega 6's.

    The book is Anticancer--A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber a doctor who had brain cancer.

    Gonna see if I can find this info in a link I have.

    Added: http://www.pinkribbon.org/Anticancer/Environment/tabid/442/Default.aspx

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    is all I could find at the link.
    "Changes in methods of farming and raising animals and, as a result, in our food - From the 1950s onward, farmers changed the way they fed their livestock. Shifting from the traditional pastures to the easier battery farming. This change in the livestock's diet and living environment ultimately affected the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 in the food they produced (meat, milk, butter, eggs, etc.), resulting in an imbalance in the foods consumed by humans. "

    PS--My girls love sunflower seeds too. They raid the neighbors feeders all the time.
     
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