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How to get an orange yolk egg?

post #1 of 28
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When we first got our chickens, the gal we got them from gave us a bunch of her eggs to show us coloration and texture and flavor of home grown eggs. Hers had a nice orangey yolk and the white part was more yellow than white. Yummy, the kids loved them.

Now that we have 2 gals laying, we are noticing their "insides" look just like commercial eggs from the store. The kids say they taste better, but I want the coloring too! We feed Nutrena layer feed, supplement with oyster shells, fresh greens from the garden, veggies, fun treats like oatmeal, watermelon, that kinda thing. 

Should I be feeding them something else that will change the color of the yolk/white? Does it really matter that much?


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post #2 of 28

As long as they're getting a nicely rounded diet (do you let them get out and eat bugs, free range just a bit?) they should have nice yokes.  But you can feed them calendula or marigold flowers, the high beta carotene content will help color the yokes, and give them a nice nutritional boost.

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post #3 of 28

Your first few will be yellow, as they start laying more they should orange up, especially if you let them range some every day.

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post #4 of 28

Free ranging does it for mine,but I still notice that the darker the egg shell,the darker the yolk. My Marans are really dark, and my white leghorns are just a little darker than store white eggs.

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post #5 of 28

What about those of us who can't/won't let the girls free range due to airborne predators?  In fact as I type there is a huge buzzard and family living in one of the trees just above the coop and run. We also have a family of Red Tail Hawks in a near by tree. hmm

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2 RIR, 6 EE's, 1 Cochin,  1 Barred Rock, 9 Silkies, 11 Silver Sebright 3 weeks olds, 20 Golden Sebrights 2 weeks old,  2 Silverlaced Wing Wyondotts; 7 Sebright EE mixed Roos and 3 Wyondott Sebright mixed Roos- all the roos are looking for good homes!
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post #6 of 28

Mine have very yellow yokes as long as they are getting some cracked corn with their egg laying feed.
Chris

post #7 of 28

you're right. I switched to just cracked corn for awhile last year and the yolks were very dark orange. Now that I have switched back to layer feed, the yolks look like store eggs.

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post #8 of 28

I give a little cracked corn in the evening, this seems to help make them orangier

post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by kautz62 

you're right. I switched to just cracked corn for awhile last year and the yolks were very dark orange. Now that I have switched back to layer feed, the yolks look like store eggs.


I feed them a mixture of cracked corn and layer feed.  It works great like that.
Chris

post #10 of 28

Alfalfa works too.  smile

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