what do you use to make orange yolks in your eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Taylor, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. Taylor

    Taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have chickens and have trouble with their yolks, their always a pale yellow like the ones in the store. and my egg sales are down. PLEASE HELP!!!!
     
  2. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

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  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Grass and sunlight.
     
  4. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

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    what feed are you giving them? do they get table scraps? Scratch?
     
  5. RocketDad

    RocketDad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine get table scraps, meat trimmings (cooked), carrot and broccoli stumps and trimmings, and sometimes peelings donated by an older gent down the street. The yolks aren't "orange" but they're definitely darker and more vivid yellow than the store eggs.
     
  6. GraceAK

    GraceAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give them lots of spinach. The dark green makes a richer yolk, and they love it. Broccoli heads work too, and other similar green stuff. Thats why grass makes em orange too [​IMG]
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Green stuff. Kale, spinach, any dark lettuce, etc. Plus bugs, of course. Too much broccoli will make them taste funny, so easy on that, but it does do the trick.
     
  8. HippieChickens

    HippieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. titus2mommy

    titus2mommy Out Of The Brooder

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    Interesting. I've wondered the same thing. My Leghorns all have pale yolks but my others lay nice orangy ones. They all eat the same, and if anything the bossy Leghorns make sure they get the first pick.

    Is this sometimes breed-related, or just a quirk with my girls, I wonder.

    Jill in OH
     
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quirky with your girls. When my girls get their helpin' of freshly mown grass, we get orange yolks.
     

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