Anemic looking Yolks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by laughaha, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. laughaha

    laughaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are freerange and get fed a commercial layer feed, in addition to treats of fruit/dry catfood, etc. Last year their yolks were a GORGEOUS dark orange (when they weren't freeranging but were given lots of treats). This year they are a pale yellow (like store bought eggs). What gives? The chickens are coming out of a moult and only a couple are laying- could this be the reason why? All appear to be healthy and happy. I know I'm doing something wrong but can't think of what it is.

    Got a bag of BOSS today to up the protein in their diet a bit if that's it. I will be worming them tonight (cuz I did the dogs and cats a couple days ago and they had a few dead ones in their stool today) so everyone is getting wormed.

    I have ordered some dried kelp to mix up with their food.

    Is there anything else I should do- I'm looking at the pale yolk color as an indicator that something is not right with them.
     
  2. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmmmm.
    Did you change your feed?

    How good is the "free range" Lots of greens?

    IMO, greens make the yolks dark, bugs and protein give the eggs good flavor.

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  3. laughaha

    laughaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The greens aren't as good- we are in the process of turning a bramble laden field into a lawn but there is grass. What would be some good greens to grow for the chickens to make the eggs the nice deep orange that I miss?
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Alfalfa, timothy, romaine, carrots, sweet potatoes, ... spinich...
     
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  5. laughaha

    laughaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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