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pale yellow yolks verses deep yellow?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sabrinainmiss, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. Sabrinainmiss

    Sabrinainmiss Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there something to add to their diet as the yolks are a pale yellow. I know I have seen deep yellow yolks before. [​IMG]
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I get yellow-orange yolks by just letting my hens free range. You can try to do that or bring the range to them. Or you can try feeding them some dandlions or marigold but I am not sure on the marigold on how good that is for them. You can toss in some flax seed and get omega 3 eggs though.
     
  3. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The darker yellow is basically from natural, fresh foods. Providing them with things like pulled dandelions, leftover veggie scraps from the kitchen, etc and/or letting them free range for part of the time will make their yolks more nutritious , firmer and more orangey.

    -MTchick
     
  4. Sabrinainmiss

    Sabrinainmiss Out Of The Brooder

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    I wish I could let them free range BUT there has been a hawk around who took 3 of my 14 week old bantams the last within 20 yards of me. I quess I will try to bring the range to them.[​IMG]
     
  5. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2007
    Massachusetts
    My birds free range but I have noticed something. In the winter I add cracked corn to their pellets to keep them warm and their yolks are that nice orange/yellow from it. As soon as I stop the corn I notice a difference. I just needed a new bag of pellets so I decided to mix in a bag of cracked corn even though it is summer....I love those rich colored yolks![​IMG]
     

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