Does egg color change with what you feed them?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by catsew, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. catsew

    catsew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm fairly certain I know the answer, but I thought I would check anyway.

    We have what I thought/believe are RIR or generic production reds. Anyway, one is laying green eggs. Somebody said the eggs can change colors based on what you feed them.
     
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    No egg color doesn't change with feed, it is genetically predetermined.
     
  3. catsew

    catsew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. Thats what I thought, but before I correct somebody else I wanted to check.
     
  4. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Quote:Glad to help! [​IMG]
     
  5. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can change the colour of the yolk by feeding certain things, but not the colour of the shell. [​IMG]
     
  6. catsew

    catsew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The yolks are almost orange, super dark. Is that good or bad?

    And is there anyway to tell who is laying the green?
     
  7. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like my yolks to be a dark orange, or at least a far removed from the pasty pale store-bought yolks as possible. :)

    Here is the yolk colour of our first eggs. [​IMG]


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  8. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Quote:Good it means the are eating lots of good things like greens.

    If you do a search there is a few, you could separate them one by one and see who lays green or their is a way you put food coloring/lipstick on their vents to see what color smears match which hens.
     
  9. catsew

    catsew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome. Thats about what our yolk looked like. My husband was afraid to eat it, so I snatched it right up. I don't know how you can compare to the store.

    Ok, I guess I'll try to watch for right now and see what happens. I thought they weren't even supposed to lay in the winter, so it might be awhile before there's more.
     
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  10. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    If you are getting a green shelled egg you have an Easter Egger or an Olive Egger in your hens. Can you post a photo of your hens?
     

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