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Is There a Special Feed That Will Make Eggs More Nutritious?

A lot of people think a brown egg is more nutritious than a white egg, but that’s actually not true. If you have a white egg layer and a brown egg layer eating the same feed, the nutritional profile of their eggs is the same.

The only way you can change the nutritional profile in an egg is to actually change what you feed to your hens.

We can and do add things to feed that can change an egg’s nutritional profile. For example, Kalmbach Feeds has omega in our all-natural feed line. We have a 17 percent omega fortified layer feed that has added omega 3 fatty acids and added vitamin D that are transferred from the hen into the egg.

While adding these items to feed doesn’t increase the health benefits for the chicken, the chicken does transfer those nutrients to the eggs, which provide a health benefit to us as consumers.

 

Nancy Jefferson
Nancy Jefferson
Nancy is a poultry nutritionist with Kalmbach Feeds with a PhD in food and animal science from West Virginia University. She resides in Crown City, Ohio with her husband John, where they raise beef cattle and keep a flock of backyard chickens. Nancy enjoys watching her chickens scratching and pecking around and collecting fresh eggs to feed to her family. She is a regular contributor to the Feed Your Flocks blog, where she provides tips and information to help backyard poultry owners get the most from their flocks. Read more about Nancy

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