The influence of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids feeding on composition of fatty acids in fatty tissues and eggs of laying hens

Dtsch Tierarztl Wochenschr. 2007 Jul;114(7):275-9.


The paper deals with supplementation of hen diet with oils with increased content of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and occurrence of fatty acids (FA) in fatty tissues and eggs of laying hens after the respective supplementation. The experiment was carried out on 30 laying hens of ISA BROWN hybrid, divided to three groups (A, B, C). For the period of three weeks the group A was administered flax-seed oil, group B served as a control and group C was fed base rations supplemented with fish oil. In addition to that the diet of groups A and C was supplemented with vitamin E as an antioxidant. Administration of the oils as a source of omega-3 PUFA increased their concentration in both the fatty tissues and egg-yolk which resulted in the change of the ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 PUFA. No influence of flax-seed and fish oil on concentration of alpha-tocopherol in egg-yolk was observed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / metabolism*
  • Animal Feed
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Chickens / metabolism*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Egg Yolk / chemistry
  • Eggs / analysis
  • Eggs / standards*
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / administration & dosage*
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / pharmacokinetics
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / administration & dosage
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / analysis
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / metabolism
  • Female
  • Fish Oils
  • Random Allocation
  • Vitamin E / administration & dosage
  • Vitamin E / metabolism


  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated
  • Fish Oils
  • Vitamin E