How Dark Are Your Yolks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rapunzil, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. rapunzil

    rapunzil Songster

    Sep 17, 2009
    Kendall Park, NJ
    My girls are fed a pelleted diet with a little scratch mixed in. I give them leftovers from the house and also free range them for a few hours a day.

    When they started laying I was a bit dissapointed with yolk color. I thought they would be a much darker orange-y color.

    How dark are your hens yolks and what is the feeding routine you have them on?
  2. chaim

    chaim In the Brooder

    May 23, 2010
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My yolks are extremely, almost neon, orange. My birds free range all day. I have one hen that has pale yolks, but she has digestive issues. I can always tell her eggs in a bowl full by the color.
  4. rapunzil

    rapunzil Songster

    Sep 17, 2009
    Kendall Park, NJ
    Thank you Chaim, I will do that! [​IMG]
  5. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    here's a comparison pic between one of my girls' eggs and a store bought "cage free organic vegetarian fed" egg.

    chickens who do normal chicken things -- eat bugs, weeds, get to dirt bathe, lie in the sunshine, flap their wings, hang out with their peeps, and get the occasional healthy treat -- will give exceptional eggs.

    eta - maybe your birds need more bugs? I'll bet they wouldn't complain if you helped them find some. [​IMG]

    eta - oh, and forgot to add, mine eat Purina Layena, with vitamins in the water, small amounts of BOSS, flax, scratch treats, and in the winter, warm oatmeal with quinoa. ok, they're spoiled. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010

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