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Sources of Omega Fatty Acids for Laying Hens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by amartinlb, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. amartinlb

    amartinlb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are some sources of Omega Fatty Acids that can be mixed in the feed or fed as treats?

    I was thinking when mine are laying later this summer to feed some seafood to give them (and the eggs....for us since we aren't big eaters of seafood) a source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

    I was thinking of the following but wanted to know what you all thought:
    Sliced/Chopped Shrimps
    Sliced/Chopped Saltwater Fish
    Clams, particularly Mussells since my son could easily harvest those off the jettis on our beaches here
    Whole Salt Water fish for them to pick at and eat what they want
    Salmon (technically brackish, since they are found in saltwater, freshwater, and brackish but whatever...)

    What do you all think? My son is interested in finding out as well.

    -Anna
     
  2. GaDawg

    GaDawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    idk
    but do you think this will give your eggs a fishy taste, I have read hear somewhere that might could happen
     
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  3. columbusguys

    columbusguys Out Of The Brooder

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    I think some people may feed their chickens flax seed to supply omega-3 fatty acids to the diet. I also think hemp seed has a lot of omega-3 and omega-6. Soybeans and soybean oil have a decent amount of omega-6.
     
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Nuts (especially walnuts) and flaxseed are some good sources. Increasing omega fatty acids by any source can give a fishy taste to eggs.
     
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Mine get a layer feed made with fish meal, I also add more (for higher protein) and offer it free choice. I provide roasted flax as a supplement as well. I think my feed also contains flax as well. Free ranging your flock will also increase the Omega-3s in the eggs. In nearly 2 yrs of giving my girls fish meal I've never had a fishy tasting egg.
     
  6. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    I wondered about this i give my rescue dog Fish Oil in her food and wondered if I could/should give it to my girls:? I use the gel caps and just cut/poke the end and squirt it onto the dry food.
     
  7. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Quote:I give my dogs the capsules as well. For me, it would be too much trouble to try to give them to the flock and not enough benefit. Even though my girls free range all day, I like that the fish meal adds protein as well as fatty acids. If your flock is small it might be worth trying.
     
  8. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    Quote:I give my dogs the capsules as well. For me, it would be too much trouble to try to give them to the flock and not enough benefit. Even though my girls free range all day, I like that the fish meal adds protein as well as fatty acids. If your flock is small it might be worth trying.

    Thanks i only have a few girls right now. So i think i'll give it a shot
     
  9. amartinlb

    amartinlb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about an occasional whole fish (still full with the guts and everything, or just a fillet) or shrimp once in a while to give them some seafood protein?
     
  10. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    On occasion I will buy flax seed and mix that with their feed, as it isn't terribly expensive or labor intensive to mix and add. You can also add flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, etc to a warm mash mixture periodically.
     

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