How can I get darker yolks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NJChicken, May 23, 2011.

  1. NJChicken

    NJChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have Bufs and RI Reds. About 10 months old. Have laid eggs all winter. With spring and access to worms I thought that we would see a darkening of the yolks to a darker deeper orange. Our eggs still remain yellow. We feed them Dumour feed and kitchen scraps. Eggs are good size and well formed.
    Any suggestions??
     
  2. MarinMama

    MarinMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that yolks get a deeper orange color from greens...
     
  3. kscottjoyce

    kscottjoyce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My RIRs eat grass all day long and lay eggs with very dark orange yolks. The bad news is that if they eat too many greens they get softer shells so I need to give them oyster shell to give them more calcium.
     
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Yup, green feed does it. Grass or dark leafy greens.
     

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