When you crack open an egg and drop it in the frying pan, your eyes make a decision about whether or not it’s going to be delicious long before the flavor reaches your taste buds. In fact, whether the yolk is a light yellow or a rich orange hue can change how people perceive the food that arrives on their plates.
More than just looking great, darker yolks offer greater nutritional value that more consumers are starting to crave. From largescale operations to modest farmsteads, there’s definitely a benefit to finding which chicken feed supplements can enrich your average yolk (we might even call it your golden ticket).
Here’s what causes that beautiful yolk pigmentation and why you should consider incorporating dry kelp for chickens into your flock’s feed regimen.
Omega-3s Are the Answer
The color of an egg’s yolk depends to a large degree upon the amount of omega-3s in the mother hen’s diet. Birds that receive plentiful sources of this fatty acid are able to pass more of these nutrients along to their offspring. Plus, they are better equipped to fight off the impact of oxidative stress on their GI tract, which has a downstream effect on laying hens’ overall health.
Where can chicken obtain this essential fatty acid? As it turns out, there are many sources that are safe for chickens—flaxseed, linseed, fish oil or even the right seaweed feed supplement can help to provide flocks with plenty of omega-3s. And picking the right option can help your birds in more ways than one.
The Benefits of Kelp Meal for Chicken
When researchers conducted trials on Leghorn hens to see how they performed with seaweed supplements, the results were fantastic. The laying hens that received a reliable source of omega-3 fatty acids from all-natural seaweed saw improvements in egg yolk color, albumen height and lipid content, all without altering the taste.
That’s not the only benefit of kelp meal for chickens. The right amount of seaweed can help to boost the GI, immune and overall health of flocks of all sizes. But at the end of the day, all of these health advantages combine to consistently produce richer, more nutritious eggs that keep consumers coming back for more.
Are you looking for a reliable source of kelp for chickens? Reach out to the Acadian Kelp™ team to request a sample of our Acadian Kelp™ products.