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Eggs with BRIGHT yellow yolks?

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My hens this year are laying eggs with bright French's Mustard yellow yolks. The yolks honestly look like someone has dyed them that color, they are that yellow.

 

These hens are free ranging and are between the ages of 9 months to 2 years. They are fed a diet of Purina Flock Raiser crumbles w/ oyster shell mixed in (the only way they'll eat it), some Wendland's Scratch Grains in the morning and whatever they get from free roaming (insects, grass, cat food, food scraps, etc).

 

Breeds are (not sure if all are laying): Salmon Faverolle, EE, Brown Leghorn, BR, Australorp, RIR. Red Sex Link, Buff Rock, OEGB, and Silkie.


Edited by Arztwolf - 1/24/16 at 1:24pm
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Bright yellow, not bright orange? Homegrown eggs ought to be bright orange.

If their diet is more than 10% scratch you ought to cut back on it, and I'd recommend switching to a better quality of feed. Purina is, quite frankly, a crap feed, and I'd probably sooner feed my birds dirt than a brand with such low quality control. Feed has a lot to do with bird health and egg quality. If you can find a local brand that mixes feed in small batches, it's almost always going to be much better than feed from a national brand. The quality control is significantly better since much less of it is made. If you are on the West Coast USA I can recommend Bar Ale, an amazing brand, but unfortunately they only make feed for the westernmost states, CA, OR, WA, mostly.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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yup i agree one the feed.  I had egg quality issues until i found a local feed that is real good quality.  the eggs shells hardened and the yolks got real rich. 

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Originally Posted by QueenMisha View Post

Bright yellow, not bright orange? Homegrown eggs ought to be bright orange.

If their diet is more than 10% scratch you ought to cut back on it, and I'd recommend switching to a better quality of feed. Purina is, quite frankly, a crap feed, and I'd probably sooner feed my birds dirt than a brand with such low quality control. Feed has a lot to do with bird health and egg quality. If you can find a local brand that mixes feed in small batches, it's almost always going to be much better than feed from a national brand. The quality control is significantly better since much less of it is made. If you are on the West Coast USA I can recommend Bar Ale, an amazing brand, but unfortunately they only make feed for the westernmost states, CA, OR, WA, mostly.

 

Their diet is less the 5% scratch (I only sprinkle a little on the ground for 20+ chickens). My area (SW TX) does not really have local brands and my TSC (plus two other feed stores) only sporadically carry other brands. I also can't feed layer feed due to having a flock of mixed ages.


Edited by Arztwolf - 1/24/16 at 4:58pm
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