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Marigolds flowers for Chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tsiecz, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. tsiecz

    tsiecz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2011
    I read somewhere about adding marigold flowers to your chicken feed. It is supposed to make yolks darker orange. Has anyone done this? Is there any nutritional value? Do the chickens like it?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    No personal experience, but some claims this works. Purdue also used to say they added marigold petals to their broiler rations to increase carcass quality. [​IMG]
  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    I don't but marigolds are high in caroteniods. Caroteniods help product orange yolks. You can prove this by deadheading your marigolds next fall and tossing them to your hens. Marigold flowers are used in commercial layer feeds. The eggs are not going to be more nutritious as it's just a pigment but if you are selling them, there is the perception that they are more nutritious.
  4. jonadue

    jonadue Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 6, 2013
    I plant mariglolds in my vegetable garden and when I feed my birds greens from the garden, I grab a few handfuls of mariglold leaves and flowers. They eat it when its mixed with the other greens, but when I let them loose in the garden later in the season they tend to mostly ignore them.
    I havent paid enough attention to know if it affects their eggs or not, though.

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