Considered to be a dual purpose bird, Rhode Island Reds, Americanas, and Barred Rock hens provide our family with a steady supply of fresh brown and blue-colored eggs. Our birds are housed in a chicken "tractor" on wheels allowing for daily rotation to fresh grass. They are also released each morning with free-range access to the pasture.
Valley House Farm poultry are raised with the following goals:
Currently for Sale:
Eggs by the Dozen - $3.00 from farm; $3.75 from farmers market
What Is DHA and Why Is It So Important?
DHA, also known as docosahexaenoic acid, is an omega-3 fatty acid. Fish oils are rich in DHA. Most of the DHA in fish and more complex organisms originates in photosynthetic and heterotrophic microalgae, and becomes increasingly concentrated in organisms as it moves up the food chain. DHA is also commercially manufactured from microalgae (Crypthecodinium cohnii and another of the genus Schizochytrium). DHA manufactured using microalgae is vegetarian. Most animals make very little DHA through metabolism; however small amounts are manufactured internally through the consumption of α-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid found in plants, animals, and milk.
Dietary DHA may reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing the level of blood triglycerides in humans. Low levels of DHA result in reduction of brain serotonin levels and have been associated with ADHD, Alzheimer's disease, and depression, among other diseases, and there is mounting evidence that DHA supplementation may be effective in combating such conditions.
Below is a table indicating the current recommended intake levels versus those typical for most US citizens. Governments around the world are realizing the importance of DHA in our diets and the daily recommended intake is listed below by country.