Let’s look at some of the questions I had of Omega Fields and the answers given to me.
Q: What is Omega Ultra Egg?
A: It’s a feed supplement that is made from human-grade, non-GMO, stabilized ground flaxseed high in Omega-3 with folic acid, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B-12 added.
The process Omega Fields uses to stabilize the flaxseed is critical because flaxseed spoils very quickly and its health benefits are known to diminish rapidly without it.
A: The product can either be added to layer rations daily (1/4 cup per every five birds) or provided as a free-choice supplement in a separate dish. Following these recommended amounts will result in Omega-3 enriched eggs containing: 300-350 mg (total) Omega-3 per egg (based on a 50 gram egg). According to poultry nutritionists at Purina Poultry, “...a typical egg provides a mere 65mg of Omega-3 fatty acids..."1
Q: What can it do for my chickens?
A: The product aids in the formation of strong eggshells and magnificent feathers.
Brilliant plumage? This one I had to see to believe- and I DID! If you follow my Facebook page, you are already familiar with Rachel, my Bantam Cochin Frizzle. Rachel is not new to my flock, yet within the past six months people have begun taking notice of and raving about her beauty. She has become the center of attention daily with thousands of admirers eagerly awaiting her photo-of-the-day. I can attribute one difference to her care and feed management over the past six months- the addition of Omega Ultra Egg to her feed. Rachel is not alone in her radiance either- the difference in the plumage of my chickens is striking.
Q: What can Omega Ultra Egg do for eggs?
A: Hens consuming the product lay eggs that contain eight times more Omega-3 than eggs from hens not fed the supplement. Omega Ultra Egg preserves egg flavor, aroma and nutritional value.
“Despite its apparent nutritional perfection, the egg can be enhanced by improving what is fed to the hen. Hens are very good at incorporating what they eat into the developing egg.” 3
The one question I didn’t think to ask about the product was: “What can Omega Ultra Egg do for me?” The research I read reinforces what we have been hearing on the news about the importance of Omega-3 fatty acids in our diets for years: they help reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, autoimmune disorders, diabetes and more, which is amazing IF your diet contains the levels necessary to reap those benefits.2 One study estimates that a full 50% of Americans are deficient in their Omega-3 dietary intake.4 If I can reap the health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids by eating fresh eggs produced in my backyard by my pet chickens while avoiding a drastic change in my diet or purchasing expensive fish oil capsules, I’ll take my Omega-3 over-easy, please. Save a fish- eat your Omega Ultra eggs!
I incorporate Omega supplements into treats recipes for my chickens whenever possible
Resources & further reading:http://www.foodinsight.org/Resources/Detail.aspx?topic=Functional_Foods_Fact_Sheet_Omega_3_Fatty_Acids
4 “Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein and Amino Acids”, 2005. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Washington, D.C.
I occasionally receive products from sponsors to review as I did in the case of Omega Ultra Egg. I feel it important to test products so that I can speak with authority as to how the product works and share my opinions about it: good, bad or indifferent. My reviews are always fair, thorough and honest. If I have a problem with any product, I tell you about it in my review because that’s what integrity requires, not because I didn't pay for it. Every sponsor who has ever asked me to review one of their products has told me in no uncertain terms that they want my honest assessment and that is what they get from me. Those are the types of good, honest companies I affiliate with and I hope you will too.