Study by University of Guelph Confirms Benefits of Flaxseed Fed to Breeder Hens and their Progeny

July 2024

Although advanced genetics, nutrition and management have led to increased efficiency in broiler hen production, they are still often afflicted by physiological and metabolic disorders which lead to economic losses for producers. As genetic advancements increase production efficiency, the embryonic and immediate post-hatch time period becomes critical for production viability of broilers.

Recent published research from the University of Guelph investigated the effects of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) on breeder hens and their progeny for growth and health.

Key Takeaways

linPRO increased body weight (BW) of progeny

linPRO increased breast weight yield of progeny

linPRO improved feed conversion ratio (FCR) of progeny

Drs. Aizwarya Thanabalan and Elijah G. Kiarie had their research results published in Poultry Science on May 22, 2024.  Their research analyzed the effects of linPRO, an Omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) feed ingredient, compared to an Omega-3 microalgae docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)  feed ingredient as well as a control diet (no Omega-3 enrichment) on breeder hens and their progeny for performance and health.  Positive performance results were documented from this research when linPRO was fed to broiler breeder hens.

The complete report is available online through the following citation link:



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