Back earlier this year, I discovered a wonderful product called Omega Ultra Egg that purportedly produces stronger shells, more brilliant plumage, increases the omega-3 in eggs and increases egg production. It is basically ground flaxseed with some additional vitamins. When Omega Fields asked if I would like to try it out for a month on my chickens, I eagerly agreed.
I had been adding whole flaxseed to my special feed mixture that I call Breakfast of Champion Layers because of its health benefits, but I had to stop because ducks shouldn't eat seeds. Ground flaxseed spoils very quickly and since I didn't relish the thought of hand grinding flaxseed daily, I had just been leaving the flax it out of their feed which I wasn't all that pleased about.
However, Omega Fields uses a milling process that protects the oils from oxidation, effectively solving the problem. I really believe in the benefits of the flax and according to the Omega Fields literature, a typical egg has 40mg of omega-3, while an egg laid by a chicken who eats the Omega Ultra Egg has 325mg. Quite a difference that translates directly into a healthier diet for our family.
The Omega Ultra Egg is easy to use. You just measure out the right amount (1/4 Cup for 5 chickens, 1/2 Cup for 10 chickens or 1 Cup for 20 chickens) and sprinkle it over the feed. The chickens love the taste of it. I had no problem getting them to eat it. You can also feed it free- choice if you wish.
I have been feeding Omega Ultra Egg to my flock for about a month now. Mind you, they ate a healthy diet previously, so I kind of wondered if I would be able to spot any improvements in their appearance or egg quality, but they do look great now. Their feathers are nice and glossy, their combs are bright red.
I also think the egg colors themselves have gotten deeper and richer due to the Omega Ultra Egg in their diet. The blues are bluer, the browns a deeper brown and the creams creamier.
I also notice that their shells are appreciably thicker. I particularly notice the harder egg shells because I sell hand blown eggs for pysanky and other crafts on etsy and have had far fewer 'casualties' lately while I am blowing the eggs out. I even dropped an egg in the run the other day and it actually bounced !
I am sold on this product. I think its a wonderful, affordable addition to any flock's nutrition. In addition to the flaxseed, it contains folic acid, zinc sulfate, and Vitamins E, B-6 and B-12. I highly recommend trying it yourself to see what you think.
Omega Fields has generously offered a 5% discount to Fresh Eggs Daily fans using the coupon code FreshEggs through 2013.
Stay tuned for a giveaway in the coming weeks....
~Visit the Omega Fields website ~
~Like Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook~
~Like Omega Fields on Facebook~