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Odd colored yolk, any guesses to the cause?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tabsmonsters, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. tabsmonsters

    tabsmonsters Songster

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    I cracked open a few eggs and noticed they were quite orange! This was a few weeks ago and I got used to it or it hasn't happened again. I cracked them in a bowl with a normal one for comparison.

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    Thanks!

    Tabby
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Bright orange means they've been eating a lot of greens.
     
  3. Windy Ridge

    Windy Ridge Songster

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    Yes, orange is actually normal for chickens that range naturally. Store eggs are always a sort of sickly pale because the battery hens don't get any greens. Sometimes they feed marigold to make the yolks a richer color, but it still doesn't look right.
     
  4. tabsmonsters

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    ahhh, that makes sense. We had to take them off free ranging, they liked the watermelons too much. We have put grass clippings in their run. This won't hurt them will it?


    Thank!
     

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