SCARRY YOLK COLOR from Marans X egg!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crystalchik, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. crystalchik

    crystalchik Songster 10 Years

    Jan 15, 2008
    Central Florida
    Hello, I just began to get eggs from my Marans Barred Rock X hens and I just cracked one of the eggs (this was not their first one) and the yolk was an extremely weird color, very dark and almost greenish color. Was this a freak accident or is this common in Marans eggs. I dont want to crack any more bc I was going to give them to a friend to hatch. Anybody have any ideas????? I just invested in Bev's Black Coppers and if the yolks are this color I dont think that anyone will want to buy them to eat!!!
  2. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    That doesn't sound right to me. Bear in mind I don't have any marans, but I still don't think it should be green.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've never had on odd color Marans yolk in the years I've had them. They're just like any other egg yolk.
  4. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    According to the Storeys book a green yolk is caused by hens eating acorns or shepherds purse plant. If you have the book it is on page 141. An olive green can be caused by eating lots of geen grass, silage, or cottonseed meal. I think that it is the food issue. Check to see what they eat and adjust it. If you don't have the Storeys Guide to RAising Chickens it is excellent. I use it for reference quite often. Keep you pretty hens. Jean
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Did you happen to get a pic ??
  6. junebug7334

    junebug7334 Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
  7. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    From Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens:
    ...The exact color of a yolk depends on the source of the xanthophyll...

    reddish, olive green, black -- green grass, silage, cottonseed meal
    green -- acorns, shepherd's purse​
  8. mfuchs

    mfuchs Hatching

    Jan 13, 2009
    Ideal Poultry
    The yolk color is directly correlated with what the chicken eats! A normal chicken diet consists of corn, which is filled with Xanthophyll . Xanthophyll is the pigment that makes the corn yellow. What is the main source of food?
  9. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    I would love to see a pic.
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree, please if you can post a pic.

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