fully pastured vs. omega-3 enhanced eggs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 25, 2013 at 3:39 AM

Thanks to paleo, I've moved from the world of $4/dozen "cage free" eggs to the world of $10/dozen eggs from pasture-raised heritage chickens with natural diurnal cycles and on-site Swedish massage. But I've noticed an issue:

  • The most "natural" chickens are the ones that are entirely free to forage, with minimal human intervention.

  • But the eggs with the highest omega-3 content supposedly come from chickens who are fed flaxseed, which usually means they're getting other agriculturally-derived feed as well (one farmer I spoke to said that their chickens forage for bugs and plants and are also given access to a mix of organic corn, soy, wheat, and flax, soaked in a probiotic whey solution).

Assuming that the only two options are "as little human-provided feed as possible" and "natural foraging plus flax plus a ton of other stuff," which would you prefer in terms of egg nutritional quality?

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on March 25, 2013
at 04:22 AM

I'd go with flax-fed if I couldn't get pastured. Pastured is more than the omega-3s though: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/05/pastured-eggs.html

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on March 25, 2013
at 02:16 PM

I get alot of omega 3s from drinking iskiate each morning so I can look for chickens that are just eating bugs and plant shoots without manmade additives. Alot of permaculture farms will have chickens that just wander the premises as a pest-and weed-control system, these are happy birds that lay great eggs.

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