Why are these yolks orange?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bluegrass, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Bluegrass

    Bluegrass Hatching

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    I bought these local eggs and the yolks are orange. Do some chicken's yolks just go orange naturally or did they just eat something funny?
     

  2. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    It means they eat a diet with alot of grass and fresh foods. The betacarrotiene in these foods make the yolks deeper. It's actually healthier for you.
     
  3. the4heathernsmom

    the4heathernsmom Songster

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    lol I used to think years ago there was something seriously wrong with the eggs and would throw them out....boy was I ever wrong!!! The deep yellow or orange is a quality you WANT to have.!!!!
     
  4. DancingHen

    DancingHen Songster

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    Orange yolks come from happy healthy hens that eat a varied diet with a lot of grees/pature grass. They have less cholesterol and more nutrients than yellow yolked eggs. Enjoy! [​IMG]
     

  5. Bluegrass

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    Well that's good to know beacuase iate it anyway. There was only one orange yolk in the whole dozen which made me think twice.
     
  6. jcatblum

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    I let all my birds free range, but my hens are the lazy type. They don't go far & I can always find them without any effort. My guineas are out from 6am- dark. I usually only see them for moments during the day, when they come to get a drink or lay an egg. Each day they are busy finding all the good food in the woods. Their yolks are a shade of orange all the time. My laying hens have dark yellow yolks. However they are no where near the color of the yolk in the guinea eggs. maybe you have a single hen that prefers foraging more than the rest of your flock.
     
  7. epeloquin

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    We're so used to the pale-yellow mass produced robo-eggs that when we get an egg with the color yolk eggs should have we think something is wrong!
     

  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

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    Cat........do you cook up the guinea eggs?
     
  9. stilldeb

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    Ha my SIL, who always thinks I do everything wrong anyway, said to me, "I hear you have some very strange, funny-looking eggs." No idea what she was talking about. "I hear the yolks are ORANGE." I told her, "You know that's the color eggs are supposed to be, right?"

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  10. jcatblum

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    Quote:We do cook some guinea eggs, they are VERY hard to crack open. I smack them on the back of a butter knife. We don't cook very many, most get incubated. Or sold as fertile eggs.
     

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