why are the yolks almost orange??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by FLchook, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. FLchook

    FLchook Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    Is it something they are eating? I know corn darkens the yellow, but these babies are school bus orange!! [​IMG] They are fresh, I collect them every day. Is it the newly aquired taste for horse manure? [​IMG] Or have they found some nice new flowers? Just making sure its not a bad sign.

  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Mine have been this color since they started laying last year. I think it's because they are getting good feed, fresh air, and aren't locked away in a cage all day. That's the way eggs are suppose to look
  3. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    That is what an egg is supposed to look like. If eggs are pale yellow those girls are not getting proper nutrition. Orange just means higher quality.
  4. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    Right now we are getting our eggs from my cousin and they are always dark yellow, taste so much better too.
  5. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    Access to greens helps, whether from free-ranging or hay. Mine get leftover veggies, salads, and fruits, and I have been known to buy some just for them. When we go trout fishing, I pressure-can the edible scraps from the fish and give that to them occasionally. Talk about a favorite!

    Store-bought eggs look anemic next to home-grown eggs.
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Your eggs are perfect!!!! Commercial eggs are light sunny yellow. Homegrown eggs are rich deep dark orangey-yellow indicating the good range of nutirents your chooks are getting. Your eggs are better than any grocery store egg could ever be. Yayyyy for school bus yellow yolks!
  7. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    I have always heard, that means they are fresh! The older an egg gets the lighter it becomes. Dixie
  8. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    Dixie, I believe it's a balance of nutrition and freshness. If the hen is locked up with others poop as the best nutrition than the slop they are eating, the yolk may be almost WHITE. It also depends on how much nutrients made it into the yolk, and the pigment and minerals.

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