How to Darken Egg Yolk Color

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TillinWithMyPeeps, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    Ohio
    Does anyone have any tried and true methods of darkening egg yolk color?

    Also, for things like carrots that may darken color, what happens if you grow purple or white carrots? Do they still contain the carotenoids needed to darken?
     
  2. farmergal

    farmergal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greens! be careful not to give too much though because I hear they can actually turn sort of green... my girls love wild mustard plants and the yolks are such a lovely, deep orange.
    I give them the carrot tops, and keep the carrots for myself... mine don't seem to like roots much anyway.
     
  3. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    corn will darken egg yolks [​IMG]
     
  4. whitecra

    whitecra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Oklahoma
    I feed mine corn and that makes the yolks darker.
    Chris
     
  5. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    Ohio
    Corn sounds good, and, I have a garden of greens planned for my chickens so that should be good.

    How about things like pumpkins and calendula flowers?
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Compared to store-bought, mine are darker...more orange. They get greens like cabbage, kale, lettuce, etc... They also have been nibbling on grass shoots when it peeks up through the snow.
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Marigolds - feed them yellow or orange flowers, your yolks will be nice and dark
     
  8. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    Pumpkins are always good as they are a natural wormer [​IMG]
     
  9. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    Ohio
    Quote:Those are the Calendula kind, and not the French kind, right?
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    During the summer when there was plenty of greens for my chickens to forage on their own the yolks were a very deep orange. Now that it's winter, I'm feeding corn on a regular basis. The yolks are still orange, but not near as strongly colored as they are when they get their greens.
     

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