Return Of The Keeper

Hi readers, thanks to all of you who dropped by while I was gone fishing. It was a lovely week of sand surf and sun, caught one fish too small to eat, back it went into the sea til next year. There’s a new pic in The Secret Layer of the beautiful location.

Returned home to find all hens in order, thanks to our lovely chicken sitters, The Stokoe Family. Daisy’s comb has healed alot after being attacked by a Pukeko, it nearly ripped the whole comb off, and left her with a couple of nasty gashes in the top of her head, they have been very protective of their space as they have small chicks at the moment, and Daisy got too close.

A strange demonic looking cat has taken up residence in our garden since we have been away. It has white eyes, very scruffy appearance, and appears to have killed a rat in the run, the hens are aware of the cat, but don’t seem too perturbed.

Alls well.

Omega Levels in Eggs.

Hi keepers, the link between high-fat, high-cholesterol diets and heart disease is well established. Today, coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. However, since 1964 the number of deaths caused by heart disease has decreased dramatically. Part of this decrease has been attributed to changes in the American diet. The dietary intake of cholesterol and saturated fats has decreased, while the intake of polyunsaturated fats has increased. Several studies have shown that fish oils rich in unsaturated (omega-3) fatty acids can lower blood cholesterol levels in people who have hypercholesteremia (high blood cholesterol). Other studies have claimed that these fatty acids can reduce blood pressure, tumor growth, arthritis, headaches, and the formation of blood clots. Eggs are a good and inexpensive source of protein, but one large egg contains 220 milligrams of cholesterol. Therefore, a study was performed to determine if adding omega-3 fatty acids to eggs can affect blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The study included nine men and three women with normal blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure. During the first four weeks of the study, half of the subjects ate four eggs enriched with omega-3 fatty acids per day in addition to their normal diet, while the other half ate four regular eggs per day. During the second four weeks of the study, the diets were reversed. The diet containing the regular eggs caused blood cholesterol levels to increase, but did not alter blood pressure. The eggs with omega-3 fatty acids did not cause blood cholesterol levels to increase, while they decreased the amount of triglyceride (fat) in the blood and decreased blood pressure as well. It is concluded that eggs enriched with omega-3 fatty acids may be more healthful than regular eggs.

It is my understanding that Omega levels in eggs have dropped due to modern farming methods( i.e, battery farming), no sunlight or sun-grown feed, grasses, bugs etc,  now scientists have worked out a way to artificially put it back in ??????, if they just left things alone, it would have been fine,, the eggs that we back yard chicken keepers produce, should have the correct levels of omega 3,  the amount nature intended,  for no study has yet been done to determine, how all this added Omega 3 will effect us in the future.