Originally Posted by pepparaaraa
Surely adding peppers is not nutritionally beneficial to the chicken or egg just gives it a different colour... Whereas I imagine feeding them more green leafy veg improves not just the colour but health of the chicken and would help produce more nutritious eggs? just thinking out loud really.
Capsicum in the form of many hot peppers are packed with minerals, vitamins and certain phyto-nutrients.
A rich source of vitamin C and B complex vitamins.
The richest source of vitamin A among spices.
Also contains iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium and selenium.
Capsicum is used in humans for various problems with digestion including upset stomach, intestinal gas, diarrhea and cramps. It is also used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels including poor circulation, excessive blood clotting, high cholesterol and preventing heart disease.
I'd call those nutritional benefits.
Originally Posted by centrarchid
Once you are into providing chickens a grain based formulation that is optimized for only growth / egg production, you are providing a diet that is lean with respect to nutrients that impart qualities on eggs we associate with free-range foraging. Having birds out getting some greens can off set some of that diluted (from formulated diet) carotenoid intake. The greens as far as I know do not offset / improve uptake efficiency, rather they simply provide more for the bird to extract from. The supplements are simply a carotenoid rich / dense component of the diet. Actual greens my bird consumed are acquired largely though free-range foraging although confined birds can also get them through consuming sprouted grains. I have been using the ground pepper, paprika in particular, because it is easy to work with. I free-range many of my birds most of the year but now essentially all are confined which is the reason in the interest in the supplements.
I have a lot of Chinese egg customers that love the dark yolks. I imagine they were used to them from free range chickens at home.