Omega eggs- how much flax do you feed ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by urbanolive, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. urbanolive

    urbanolive Songster

    Aug 30, 2009
    How much flax seed do you mix with the feed to get omega eggs ? here a 50 lb bag of flax is $50 so I want the ratio to be right !

  2. Organics North

    Organics North Songster

    Dec 30, 2009
    Wisconsin Northwoods
    I am interested too!
    I have done some reading on the subject but have not broke down and bought an expensive bag of flax. I thought I read somewhere around 15% but not sure with out doing a google search again. I do recall reading that fish is better for omega than flax. (Flax has both omega 3 and 6) I have heard that too much flax in their diet can cause an off taste to the eggs..
    Hopefully we here from some folks with experience on the subject.
  3. nature nut

    nature nut Songster

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I hope someone knows. I've been trying to find that out too!
  4. urbanolive

    urbanolive Songster

    Aug 30, 2009
    here is an article that sort of explains it. I am so confused on the whole thing that we are switching to organic feed after this bag they have been eating- layena. It has kelp, alfalfa, fishmeal, and flax. It will be worth the money as eggs are probably my 2 year old's only source of essential fatty acids...
  5. Warthog

    Warthog Chirping

    Jul 7, 2009
    Fishmeal will give you more Omega 3 than Flax.

    My feed has fishmeal, and I was a little worried at first in case the eggs tasted of fish, but no they don't.

    I suppose it's getting the balance of fishmeal right.

    Can't give you a brand name it just made up by our local feed mill and whilst the tage tells you the ingredients it doesn't give you the amounts of each ingredient.

    Hope that has been some help.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2010
  6. juliect

    juliect Songster

    Jul 9, 2009
    Niota, TN
    "Overfeeding flaxseed can cause problems for your hens because flaxseed contains sticky compounds that stop the hen from digesting some of the nutrients in her diet. Flaxseed also contains a compound called linoline that may increase the birds' vitamin requirements. Feeding too much flaxseed can cause production drops, small egg size, reduced body weight gain and thin egg shells. Including 10% flaxseed will increase the omega-3 fatty acids in your eggs and not cause problems for your birds."
    That almost makes it sound a bit scary to use...

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