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post #1 of 21 Old 11-26-2012, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding eggs?

Is putting an egg in horses feed normal and good? My horses eat one a week and they seem okay, with shiny coats, but I read somewhere that it wasn't good for them. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-26-2012, 03:41 AM
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I've read about people feeding their horses eggs before. I thought it was fascinating! I don't know if it's bad for them and I've never tried it myself. If you feed it consistantly and your horses are fine I don't see a reason to worry. There are only a few organic supplements I know of that can have great short term effects and bad long term side effects, like uncooked garlic which can make horses dangerously anemic after a few months (or something along those lines).

There was a post on here a long time ago about someone's horse stealing eggs from the egg basket in the arena. His owner was worried that it might make him sick but nothing bad came out of it. It was pretty funny, actually, I laughed out loud when I saw your post and thought of the owner's story.

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post #3 of 21 Old 11-26-2012, 03:47 AM
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Not sure about horses, but I know of a guy who puts all his "reject eggs" from his farm, into his calf milk so that each calf has 4 eggs a day, good source of protein and his calves turn out HUGE, so I don't see any problem with it, of course, those are calves

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post #4 of 21 Old 11-26-2012, 04:29 AM
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Eggs have been used to improve horses' coats and add fat for yonks. (Incidentally they're also fed to show budgerigars to get them nice and big!) Personally I prefer vegetable alternatives like whole flaxseed for sourcing omega-3 rather than eggs as eggs have fairly high cholesterol and flaxseed doesn't have any. Whole flaxseed also has anti-oxidants so that's an added bonus.

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Eggs have been used to improve horses' coats and add fat for yonks. (Incidentally they're also fed to show budgerigars to get them nice and big!)
Off topic, but I never realized "budgie" was short for something else until I looked up what a budgerigar was. They're usually called parakeets here, but I have heard them occasionally being called budgies. I learned something new today

ETA- I also had to look up yonks
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post #6 of 21 Old 11-26-2012, 04:39 PM
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Off topic, but I never realized "budgie" was short for something else until I looked up what a budgerigar was. They're usually called parakeets here, but I have heard them occasionally being called budgies. I learned something new today

ETA- I also had to look up yonks
Haha sorry guys, my Aussie slang creeping into my posting lol. Yonks = ages (if anyone was wondering).

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post #7 of 21 Old 11-26-2012, 04:53 PM
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I would be hesitant to feed my horse an animal product !

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i would be hesitant to feed my horse an animal product !
Yes, all I could think of was mad cow disease when I read the post!! I think it's a little off-putting because horses are herbivores......
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I don't think horses were designed to eat animal products, and I for one don't like gambling against nature's design.
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-26-2012, 05:05 PM
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I used to feed my dog one every now and then, same reason to help with the coat
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