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Light colored egg yolks, Why?

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I have 11 hens who all lay, 1 of them lays an egg with a very very light colored yolk. I was wondering what is up with that? she has been laying about 2 months.  It's been so long since I've seen a store bought egg yolk, but was wondering if the light yolk is because she mostly eats feed and the rest mainly forage. (she not a very bright bird) ???

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RAIMNEL= My wonderful husband "R", Me "A" (Amy), 5 kids (4 boys "I,M,N,E" & 1 girl "L"),
3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 goats, 4 Muscovy's, 4 Guineas and I STILL don't know how many chickens! lol 

PS my avatar shows our tattoo ON OUR HANDS! lol

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wondering if the light yolk is because she mostly eats feed and the rest mainly forage. (she not a very bright bird) ???


This is most likely the cause.  Without knowing more about your chickens, and their diets it's hard to be definitively sure.

http://www.ochef.com/455.htm :

Natural yellow pigments, going by the catchy name of xanthophylls, are responsible for the color of the egg yolk. Xanthophylls are not produced by animals, though, so they get to the hens by way of the dinner plate, and are then deposited in the yolks.

If hens are fortunate enough to be fed mashes containing yellow corn or alfalfa meal, they produce eggs with medium-yellow yolks.

If their feeds are based on wheat or barley, they produce lighter-colored yolks.

To get orange yolks which to many people imply farm eggs or free-range eggs or fresh eggs or tastier eggs or "healthier" eggs marigold petals or other naturally orange plant matter may be mixed in with light-colored feeds.  (inc. corn)

It is even possible to produce nearly colorless egg yolks by feeding hens white cornmeal or other pale grains.

Outside the chicken pen, xanthophylls are seen when the leaves turn yellow and orange in the fall, once the bossy green chlorophyll ceases to dominate the leaves.

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NO MORE BIRDS - sold everything and moved for work.

It is impossible to have 'enough' chickens

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Originally Posted by raimnel 

It's been so long since I've seen a store bought egg yolk, but was wondering if the light yolk is because she mostly eats feed and the rest mainly forage. (she not a very bright bird) ???


That would be it.

It's green feed that puts the color in the yolk. 

There always seems to be one in every flock that won't eat her veggies...

.....Alan.


Edited by A.T. Hagan - 4/9/10 at 1:25pm
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wondering if the light yolk is because she mostly eats feed and the rest mainly forage. (she not a very bright bird) ???


That would be it.

If it were MY flock, I'd let the feeder run empty for an afternoon.....just long enough for her to figure out that where the GOOD stuff really is! If she follows the examples set by the rest of the flock, she'll learn fast and get full, but if by chance she doesn't learn to forage properly you can fill the feeder up before they go to roost so she doesn't go to bed hungry.

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Greens will darken the egg yolks but any carotonoids will also (i.e. carrot peelings, colored vegetables, kelp, etc).  I supplement my girls food will brown kelp and it darkens the yolks considerably.


Edited by gallusdomesticus - 4/9/10 at 1:24pm
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Yup, it's the greens.  Mine particularly love broccoli plants (when they're done growing I pull them up and they pick it clean), carrot tops, spinach, chard and clover.

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.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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wondering if the light yolk is because she mostly eats feed and the rest mainly forage. (she not a very bright bird) ???


That would be it.

If it were MY flock, I'd let the feeder run empty for an afternoon.....just long enough for her to figure out that where the GOOD stuff really is! If she follows the examples set by the rest of the flock, she'll learn fast and get full, but if by chance she doesn't learn to forage properly you can fill the feeder up before they go to roost so she doesn't go to bed hungry.


I would be inclined to do the same, though I'd do it for a good week -- not just one day. I'd measure out their feed at night and feed them just enough, leave the feeder empty otherwise. As long as there is forage available they'll be fine. One day might not be enough to motivate her to get off her duff and find some food, but a week should be plenty to do the trick.

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.   - E.B. White

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

The best way to be missed when you're gone is to stand for something while you're here. - Seth Godin

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