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Dark Orange yolks?

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Watching Jamie Oliver cook. He's commenting about how dark the yolks are. Is there something different I should be feeding my chickens for dark yolks? Is it a breed thing?

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Dark yolks are caused from beta carotene.  So feed your chickens food high in beta carotene and the yolks will turn orange.  Cantaloupe, spinach, swiss chard are all high in beta carotene.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

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I have zero chicken willpower.

 

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Whoops, sorry double post.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

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post #4 of 14

Apparently corn is a good feed for getting dark yolks as well.

I wonder if I fed my hens chopped up beets they would get red yolks..tongue

I know they sure turn my system red for a few days, if you know what I mean..wink

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Corn will turn them more yellow not the orange  that is refered too.  All your dark green leaf veggis are great for this also many weeds.  Mine are eating common plantain and dandylions that grow wild here as well as clovers.  If you want to grow feed for them try kale, spinach, collards ect.  Many just pick weeds out of gardens and grass as long as it is not sprayed with chemicals and feed them to the chickens.

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Originally Posted by cybercat 

Corn will turn them more yellow not the orange  that is refered too.  All your dark green leaf veggis are great for this also many weeds.  Mine are eating common plantain and dandylions that grow wild here as well as clovers.  If you want to grow feed for them try kale, spinach, collards ect.  Many just pick weeds out of gardens and grass as long as it is not sprayed with chemicals and feed them to the chickens.


Yep, the beta carotene and not the corn to get the deep orange yolks.

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I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people. 

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Originally Posted by bills 

Apparently corn is a good feed for getting dark yolks as well.

I wonder if I fed my hens chopped up beets they would get red yolks..tongue

I know they sure turn my system red for a few days, if you know what I mean..wink


Nope, it just turns their system red for a day... If you know what I mean. Just remeber that you fed them the blasted things the day before or you'll be posting up on here in the emergency section.
Did I do this?? No... never...


Edited by Hippie Chickie - 9/25/09 at 9:39am
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post #8 of 14

I am pretty sure that the darker yolks come from a varied diet of greens, bugs and layer mash.
  I do notice that whenever we keep the ladies penned up and don't let them free range in the afternoons the yolks are lighter in color for a few days and when the ladies are let out to range, the yolks turn darker.
  My guess would be the insects and greens that help make darker yolks but that's just a guess.

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post #9 of 14

Greens make dark yolks.

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Originally Posted by Kooshie 

Greens make dark yolks.


YUP - I feed mine weeds in addition to their layer pellets and scratch, and we have nice orange-yellow yolks, VERY different from the store-bought eggs!!! big_smile

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