The benefits of feeding Hemp Seeds to your chickens, birds or small animals
Hemp Seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are naturally packed with Fibre, Protein and Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3, 6 &9).
Industrial Hemp seeds are a great source of protein for chickens, birds and small animals, containing all 20 essential amino acids that a bird needs to be healthy, such as lysine, methionine, arginine, tryptophan, cysteine and valine. These amino acids play an important role in their metabolism and helps to regulate digestive processes. Additionally, Industrial Hemp proteins are complete proteins, meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids in their optimal ratios for correct utilisation.
The essential Fatty Acid content of Hemp Seeds is another pleasant surprise. Both Linoleic acid (omega 6) and Alpha- Linolenic Acid (ALA – Omega 3) in a ratio of 3:1.Now, you might be thinking that the ratio doesn’t sound right, we are used to looking for a reversed ratio – more omega 3 than 6 but … Hemp have two types of fats that you won’t find in significant levels anywhere else that help make sense of why this ratio is so good.
GLA – Gamma Linolenic Acid – which belongs in the Omega 6 family, but unlike linoleic acid, it reduces inflammation instead of promoting it. Stearidonic Acid (omega 3) – is a precursor to longer chain omega 3’s, DHA and EPA – found in fish oils and significantly reduces inflammation. The omega 3 content of Industrial Hemp does benefit the egg quality of chickens. The fatty acids found in Industrial Hemp seeds help to produce a larger number of healthy eggs and can also give the eggs a richer taste, texture and nutritional quality. The omega 3 fatty acids can also contribute to stronger shells, which are more difficult to break and less likely to crack during laying.
Lastly, Industrial Hemp seeds also contain several vitamins and minerals that can be beneficial for promoting optimal health in chickens, birds and small animals. For example, zinc is known for its ability to support reproductive health, while Vitamin E helps reduce stress levels and improve overall immune function.
So, as you can see, Hemp seeds provide a plethora of nutrition, making them the perfect superfood to add to your animal’s diet. We recommend adding around a teaspoon to your animals ration daily.
Want to add Australian Whole Hemp Seeds to your animals diet? You can buy them below:
Green Valley Naturals :
Just for Pets: