What makes the yolks orange?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by speckledegg, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. speckledegg

    speckledegg Out Of The Brooder

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    I was totally looking forward to some SUPER orange yolks when my girls started laying and to be honest, I don't think they are much more orange color than our store bought eggs. My girls free range in our backyard all day and get all the bugs and grass they could want. I'm sure they are getting all the nutrients they need with their feed plus being outside, I'm just curious. [​IMG]
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Beta carotene makes the yolk orange. Chickens get their beta carotene from dark greens; also from corn and things like marigold petals (which is what some commercial feeds have in them to duplicate the free ranging greens intake).
     
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  3. speckledegg

    speckledegg Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmm...I seem to have picky girls. The only greens they will willingly eat is the grass. They won't eat the kale or spinach I put out for them. I'll keep trying. Thanks!
     
  4. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lettuce, petunia flowers, mine have eaten all of mine!

    grapes, romaine lettuce also...anything green...
     

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