Marigolds for yolk color

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by carladababe, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. carladababe

    carladababe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that giving Marigold blossoms to layers will make a more orange colored yolk, anyone experience this?[​IMG]
     
  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

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    I have read that also, but my girls won't eat them. They ignore them like the plague.....
     
  3. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

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    Quote:Mine too - won't touch the blossoms, but will eat ALL the foliage off the plant if allowed to get near! [​IMG]
     
  4. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Leafy greens are the answer to the golden yolks. The more I give the more gold the yolks. Mmmmmm, yummy
     
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Plus with green feed, not only do you get orange yolks, you get better omega fatty acids and more vitamins in the eggs.
     
  6. carladababe

    carladababe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info.[​IMG]
     
  7. chiefsfan36

    chiefsfan36 Out Of The Brooder

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    will have to let my wife know this..didn't know you can give leafy greens to chickens!

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  8. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Marigolds are Tagetes. That's why Layena puts tagetes extract in their food. It makes dark golden yellow/orange yolks.
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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  10. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    I'm sure greens help but I have a Leghorn who gets the same food as the other girls and she consistantly lays the typical pale yolks that you get from the grocery store. The others lay orangey yolks. Her eggs also have some other genetic inconsistansies but thats another topic entirely. [​IMG]
     

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