Yellow egg yolks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tootie123, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Tootie123

    Tootie123 Out Of The Brooder

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    What is that chickens eat that makes their egg yolks so much yellower
    than eggs that you buy in the store. Is there something special to give
    them to make their egg yolks as yellow as possible? My chickens
    eat a combination of laying mash and scratch feed. They also
    free range. Their yolks are yellow but seem need to be more
    yellow. Any ideas?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Chickens don't assimilate carotene. Excess carotene will show up in the egg yolks.
    Any food, from corn to carrots to greens that provide carotene will make their egg yolks darker.
     
  3. Tootie123

    Tootie123 Out Of The Brooder

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    I do throw out vegtables scrapes from the kitchen but they don't
    seem to eat them much.....carrots, lettuce, tomato, etc.
     
  4. Jarrett Dobbins

    Jarrett Dobbins Out Of The Brooder

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    You will find that your egg yolk color will differ from that of a store bought egg due to the lack of hormones and pesticides in their feed. Unless your egg yolks are green, purple, red, black etc., I wouldn't worry about it. For more:
     
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  5. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had bought bagged alfalfa hay made for livestock that my goats refused to eat. I decided to give it to my chickens and Guineas. They LOVED it. I gave them some every day to supplement their regular feed this frigid winter. They repayed me by giving me ORANGE yolks! And.....an increase in eggs production. (high protein and calcium)
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

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    I think most scraps need to be chopped up before giving them to the chickens. Tomatoes and other soft things are no problem but things like carrots and broccoli stalks must be chopped or they will be ignored. They don't have teeth or hands so can't eat them.
     
  7. Tootie123

    Tootie123 Out Of The Brooder

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    That is true...maybe too large of pieces for them.
    Good idea, hadn't thought of that....daaa.....
    Will make an attempt to give them smaller pieces.
    Thanks.
     
  8. Ignorant Sally

    Ignorant Sally Out Of The Brooder

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    I just knew that those eggs sold in stores were full of hormones. Now I have proof, and I'm going to show this thread to all my coworkers that have been laughing at me and calling me crazy for believing it. Thank you so much BYC. This is such a great forum. I can't understand why so many people say this place is a joke.
     
  9. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my egg yolks are pretty orange-y most of the time...and have way more taste than the store bought eggs. I don't ask why, I just keep collecting those delicious eggs.
     
  10. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Having access to something green to eat, like grass or alfalfa, will give the yolks more color. It is illegal in the USA to feed chickens or cows hormones and has been for a long time. They do give them antibiotics though.
     
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  11. Jarrett Dobbins

    Jarrett Dobbins Out Of The Brooder

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    They say that but it's not true. All major farms that sell chicken meat or eggs use hormones to help increase growth and egg production. There is many other things in the U.S. that they tell us but it's all propaganda.
     

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