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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tplaforest, Oct 22, 2014.
I need some help.... My chicken egg yolks are pretty pale.... Is this a deficiency of some kind?
Hi, first of all what kind of breed do you have?
What do you feed them?
Do the y get enough nutrition?
Free range chiken always have better yolk than the one kept in the coop. Make sure they get enough seeds corn with they feed and plenty of free time to scratch about!
Road island reds.. We feed them organic feed the are free to roam out 13.5 acres during the day but are in a locked coop at night......
If you want darker yolks make sure your girls get some corn, carrots, and greens. When I don't have any extra veggies around I give my girls chopped up grass. The color of the yolk won't affect the nutritional value of the egg. Just make sure to provide a layer feed that has everything your hens need. My girls are not free ranged so I have to make sure they get all those extra goodies that they can't get out and find on their own. And welcome to BYC.
Thx that was very helpful!
Hello and Welcome To BYC! You've gotten some good suggestions above, here is a nice article on yolk color in backyard flocks http://blog.chickenwaterer.com/2013/03/influencing-egg-yolk-color.html
Hello there and welcome to BYC!
Worms can cause the yolks to be very pale. Have you wormed your birds lately? You might give that a try too. If they do a lot of free ranging, they may have a gut load of worms.
Definitely follow the link that Kelsie has provided for more input too.
Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
Welcome to BYC! We're glad to have you.
My first guess would have been that they that they aren't getting enough greens or corn, but if they're free-ranging, that shouldn't be a problem. Worms could definitely influence the color of the yolks. Or, it could just be the normal color for your chickens. Have the yolks always been paler?
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X2 on Wyandottes7's advice, though I've never heard of worms causing yolk color changes.