orange yolk

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kelliepulido, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. kelliepulido

    kelliepulido Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    st.john's mi
    what should I feed to really make the yolk orange?
     
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can let them freerange where they can snack on the grass and other vegetation you'll get orange yolks. I've heard cracked corn will do it too, but it's not good for them to eat too much of it since it's low in protien etc.
     
  3. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
    Lititz
    Hi ! I feed Layena, which has Tagetes extract (marigold petals) which helps make the yolks orange. Mine also free range, which helps alot.

    Jen

    edited for spelling (What can I say, I'm a spelling fanatic)
     
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  4. harryg6167

    harryg6167 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At the times that I am not able to free range my chickens they always have plenty of
    cracked corn and layena (or purina layer crumbles) and they yolk gradually goes from
    the deep orange to a lighter color.
    Free range for the oranger colored yolks
     
  5. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can I feed my chickens marigold petals? I always plant these in my garden.
     
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Boo-Boo's Mama :

    Can I feed my chickens marigold petals? I always plant these in my garden.

    I don't know, but you would probably get some more knowlegable replies if you started your own thread with your question. Good luck!​
     
  7. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    As far as I know marigolds are edible for humans, so chickens should be OK. I did try feeding mine some once a few years ago, but they didn't go for them. I think you can give it a try.
     
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  8. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Marigolds will improve the color of egg yolks and one national seller of chicken, Perdue, advertises the claim that their chicken tastes and lookes better due to being fed marigolds.
     
  9. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The old guy down the road used to pick Marigold petals. Boil them in water and use that water for his chicken porridge. He fed that once a week.
    His egg yolks were always a dark orange.
    I know one lady who juices feed carrots and uses that juice for her chicken porridge. Her yolks are dark too.
    I have heard of people using Calendula petals too.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Greens are what gives you the vivid orange yolks you are looking for.
     

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