Different colored yolks in diff. colored eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fshinggrl, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, dh fixed me some eggs for supper tonight. I knew that one of the eggs was brown. But, I asked him if one had been green (EE). He was amazed that I knew that. The green eggs that I have broken open have had an oranger (darker) yolk. Has anyone else noticed this? What would cause it? EE's live with my SLW's. Thanks! Just curious/!
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Dark orange yolks are from beta carotene. If you feed your chickens food high in beta carotene, they will darken.

    Mine started out light yellow when they first started laying. Now I have beautiful orange yolks.

    Foods high in beta carotene are greens (like spinach, chard, parsley) and cantaloupe.
     
  3. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So what you are saying is that my green egg layers are eating a different diet even though all chickens have access to the same food?
     
  4. boxermom

    boxermom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My EE that is laying does not go outside. She only eats the feed. Her yolk is pale yellow like store bought eggs. My CW always is outside w/ her rooster and her yolks are dark orange. She's getting a variety in her diet that the pullets that aren't going outside are not getting. They are getting braver now and going out a little more. They were hiding from all the cockerels we had. Now that problem is solved so I'm starting to notice the yolks are darkening.
     

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