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If my chickens are laying eggs with bright orange yolks, does this mean that chicks from these hens will be healthier than those who have lighter colored yolks?

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If my chickens are laying eggs with bright orange yolks, does this mean that chicks from these hens will be healthier than those who have lighter colored yolks?

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on March 20, 2014
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I've raised chickens off and on for years. Chickens that are allowed to scratch for their food lay eggs with orange yolks. (They eat more insects and greens.) I think the eggs are healthier to eat and definitely taste great! I don't believe the yolk color makes for stronger chicks. That depends on good genes from strong hens and a strong rooster. Your hens are healthier if they can forage for food though so it might increase the fertility but that would just be a guess.

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The redder yolks just mean that your chickens are eating a lot more greens than factory chickens. That also correlates in general with better health and stronger chicks, but there are other considerations (the rest of their diet and sun exposure must be good too).

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