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Why are my Chickens Egg Yolks Orange

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Question We got our first eggs from hens we raised from chicks. The yolks of the eggs, (shells are light brown or tan), are a very orange-y color.  We were expecting to see bright yellow yolks as opposed to the light yellow of store-bought eggs, but not the reddish orange of our hens’ eggs.  Will that change after they have begun to lay regularly?

Answer   Egg yolk color is really just an indicator of the hen’s diet. If they eat more yellow-orange carotenoids, or natural pigments, it affects and changes the yolk’s color. Orange yolks have the same amount of protein and fat than lighter yolks but studies have shown that eggs from pasture-raised hens have more omega-3s and vitamins but less cholesterol due to healthier more natural feed. Orange yolks are an indication of a well balanced and highly nutritous diet and many people claim they taste better as well. Eggs from hens that have access to grasses and insects as part of their diet tend to have orange colored yokes that are firmer and egg shells that are thicker.

 

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  1. I have 5 laying hens that are 3 or 4 years old that have been together since peeps. Their egg production has diminished partly due to winter and also due to aging I’m guessing. My thoughts are to buy some more peeps in the spring and am wondering if I can and how to integrate them in with the older hens when the time comes. The coop has adequate room with a fenced in ground area and they free range in the evenings when I am home. Any thoughts or suggestions? I’ve been told that the older hens will pick the newer/smaller ones apart. Thanks

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