Why do people keep hens in their backyard? For the fresh eggs, of course! Eggs are an excellent source of protein, and contain 12 essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Here’s a bonus egg fact: eggs — even those fresh from your backyard chickens — are one of the most affordable sources of protein. And to get more and healthier eggs, what to feed chickens is an important consideration.
You might be wondering if eggs are that healthy, how can I get my hens to lay more consistently?
There are many factors in egg production including diet, environment, season, health and the chicken breed you choose to raise. One element that challenges backyard chicken enthusiasts is what to feed chickens for consistent egg laying. A wise choice is to select a good layer feed. Some small flock owners also add a supplement to their chicken feed known as the sea buckthorn, a relatively unknown superfood and main ingredient in SeaBuck 7 Backyard Chicken. This dietary supplement is made with berries from the sea buckthorn plant, and is formulated to benefit laying hens, and egg quality and quantity.
So What is Sea Buckthorn?
Sea buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is a hardy plant that is indigenous to select regions in the Northern Hemisphere. The wild-growing shrub produces bright orange berries that contain more nutrients than practically any other food source on the planet. In other words, the sea buckthorn berry is a superfood.
Sea buckthorn benefits are found in the plant’s berries, which are high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, and are the best vegetarian source of Omega 7 fatty acids known to man.
An Egg is an Egg, Right?
Not exactly. What if a backyard flock owner could figure out what to feed chickens to improve the nutritional value of their backyard eggs? That’s where the sea buckthorn benefits come into play again. Trials have shown that chickens fed a supplement containing sea buckthorn lay eggs that are typically larger, have harder shells, and taste better. They also have a thicker, darker yolk that typically indicates a more nutritious egg with higher Omega 3 levels.
A recent lab study compared the Omega 3 and Omega 7 in an organic, cage-free grocery store egg to a backyard chicken egg from a hen that had been given SeaBuck 7 Backyard Chicken for 30 days. The SeaBuck7 egg contained 300 percent more Omega 3 than the grocery store egg. As for Omega 7, the SeaBuck7 egg contained 80 grams while the grocery store egg had none.
Research suggests that Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Omega 3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain, and appear to be important for brain memory and performance. Health benefits of Omega 7 fatty acids include healthier skin, nails and hair as well as more effective weight management. Omega 7’s have shown promise for helping people maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels as well.
Are there any other sea buckthorn benefits for my chickens?
Whether you are raising chickens for eggs or meat, backyard chicken owners want a healthy, happy flock. How to house, how to protect and what to feed chickens are important considerations in maintaining a flourishing flock.
A regular routine of adding a supplement containing sea buckthorn to a good poultry feed formulation can lead to healthier feathers and skin, healthier wattles and comb and a better resistance to disease.
Plus, sea buckthorn not only benefits chickens, it can be used with turkeys, ducks, and all other poultry.