Benefits of Free-Range Eggs (Video)

Hank Will talks with Purina animal nutritionist Dr. Patrick Briggs about the importance of getting enough omega-3s in our diets, and how to increase the omega-3 content of your hens' eggs.

Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids is important for good health, and eggs from free-range chickens are often very high in omega-3s. The trick is to ensure that your chickens are getting the right foods to turn into healthy, delicious eggs for you and your family.

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids support heart health best when they're present in equal amounts in our diets; the typical American diet is heavy on omega-6s, so eating eggs rich in omega-3s helps to balance the ratio of these fatty acids. Flax seed is one way to add omega-3s to your chickens' eggs, but it loses nutrition value quickly and can be tricky to feed in the right quantities. Chicken feed with omega-3 enhancement is another option for healthy hens and healthy eggs.

Keep your hens in good health, and they will reward you with healthy eggs full of the nutrients you need to stay healthy yourself!


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