White yolk?

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Mrs Sparkle

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White yolk?
« on: October 22, 2008, 08:19 »
Hi all
I was asked last night why they had an egg with a white yolk.
Does anybody have the answer? :)
1xHusband 3xkids 1xBoarder collie 2xRabbits 2xHens 1xGoldfish

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woodburner

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White yolk?
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008, 09:27 »
My silkies first eggs were diappointingly pale. :(
A couple of possible reasons come to mind, lack of artificial colourant in the feed, lack of grass/greens (not sure about that as silkies were on my lawn at the time ;) but it's supposed to give dark yolks) also maize ("corn") is supposed to add colour to the yolks but I don't recommend too much of that.
I think some hens just lay eggs with darker yolks than others. :|
I demand the right to buy seed of varieties that are not "distinct, uniform and stable".

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Vember

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White yolk?
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2008, 09:45 »
Some of mine when I first got them had very pale yolks, they had been stuck in one of theose container things some supermarkets use for storage  :shock:  Not much natural light & no grass.

It took them 3/4 days to actually step out on to the grass, but once they did their yolks gradually got more of the nice yellow colour we would expect :D

Sarah :)

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White yolk?
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2008, 11:03 »
Sometimes one egg out of a day's clutch will have a very pale yolk, despite each girl's fair share of greens.  Sometimes they'll have nothing but pellets and one yolk will be positively orange!  I put it down to being young and still learning.
Sue



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