An interesting exercise in iodine supplementation (in an area with a known deficiency).
Most particularly, in my view, getting away from iodised salt (or oil) might be a less problematic approach. Mind, I do wonder how well the hens tolerate the iodine-rich feed? Maybe they too are healthier?
Feel I have to say yet again, whilst iodine is very important, simply shovelling iodine down our throats (as kelp or whatever) might not be advisable.
Iodine-enriched eggs wipe out illness in Udon Thani babies
THE NATION January 6, 2014 1:00 am
THE NUMBER of children with cretinism (thyroid-hormone deficiency resulting in mental stunting) in an Udon Thani tambon has been reduced to zero after every woman was given free iodine-enriched eggs through a pilot project organised by the National Health Security Office (NHSO).
Children who already had the condition have seen improvements in their intelligence levels and muscle strength after receiving the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) with the office's assistance.
Five years ago, it was discovered that 20 children in the tambon had been born with the condition due to the lack of iodine-relevant foods. The NHSO responded with its pilot programme, together with help from the TSH provision project. The condition was eradicated and the general condition of the children improved, said Amnuay Intharathirat, head of Na Phoo Tambon Administrative Organisation in Udon Thani's Phen district.
Under a joint assistance scheme with Kasetsart University and the Department of Medical Sciences, local chicken farms have been provided with cheap enhanced feed that enriches eggs with iodine. The average daily cost of the feed is only Bt1 per hen and provides each household with four eggs to eat each day.
There is quite a bit more to read if you follow the link.