How do you get that deep yellow/orange yolk?

peep-a-boo

In the Brooder
9 Years
Dec 21, 2010
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Dripping Springs, TX
I bought some farm fresh eggs at a local farmers market. I was told the eggs would have darker yolks and taste much better than store-bought. I didn't see or taste a difference from the type I usually buy at HEB (which was a lot cheaper in price). Anyway, just wondering what do you feed your flock to get flavorful eggs.
 

Kansaseq

Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum
10 Years
Feb 12, 2009
3,723
34
226
NE Kansas
Deep orange yolk color comes from eating dark, leafy greens (grass, clover, alfalfa), and the awesome flavor comes from a varied diet of the afore mentioneds, plus bugs, snails, lizards (yuck!), worms, fruits veggies, etc. I get my best flavor and yolk color in summer when the girls have stuff to free range on. I did add alfalfa pellets recently and am getting better yolk color
 

andalusn

Songster
10 Years
Sep 6, 2009
919
47
191
Ridgefield, WA
My flock free ranges and they have scratch. The eggs are so vibrant my baked good glow yellow. Nutrena recently reformulated the Nature Wise label and the note they have included marigold in the feed to give a nice deep yellow yolk color.... my flock won't need that
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but that would be a good option for an urban flock that does not have access to natural greens etc.
 

Mrs.Puff

Songster
11 Years
Apr 16, 2008
627
3
151
Southern Iowa
Letting them free-range gets the orangey-est yolks. Plus the younger girls tend to lay BRIGHT orange ones. Brand new layers at the very beginning (if they've been allowed to range) have super bright yolks.
 

GarlicEater

Songster
8 Years
Feb 23, 2011
585
5
121
Gilroy, CA
I give mine lots of greens. They get layer pellets that are available all the time, plus I give 'em greens and vary it between stuff like collards, grass, chard, wild lettuce, comfrey, etc. Plus they get goodies, they got a little popcorn (that we grew) and some walnuts (that I gathered) today.

I'm not free ranging mine right now, but they're in a pretty big house, and since they're right next to my trailer I give 'em goodies all through the day as I get 'em (leftovers and trimmings) or as I think of it.
 

PaulaJoAnne

Songster
10 Years
Jul 30, 2009
2,321
13
181
And if anyone ever tells you that the dark yellow is because they are fed marigold flowers, be assured, its a lie.
 

alpinefarm

Songster
11 Years
Dec 6, 2008
660
38
191
Western Colorado
Yes, free-ranging and greens. And I use whole grains instead of commercial feed. In the winter, when we are deep in snow, I give my flock spinach (I can get a huge bag at Costco), broccoli, alfalfa/grass hay. I also started making suet cakes for them....and I add in spirulina and or chorella (nutrient-rich, deep green algaes--I buy at a health food store). My girls lay nice orange yolks which are firm/don't run. The whites also have a lot of "life" to them. The taste is rich. A resort with a very picky chef buys every egg I can spare and raves about these qualities.
 

MANNA-PRO

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