Dark Orange yolks?

Julie_A

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Apr 20, 2008
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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?
 

Happy Chooks

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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.
 

bills

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Jan 4, 2008
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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..
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I know they sure turn my system red for a few days, if you know what I mean..
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cybercat

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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.
 

Hippie Chickie

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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...
 
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koifarm

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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.
 

tulie13

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Feb 12, 2009
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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!!!
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