Odd Egg Out


Odd Egg Out

One of these eggs is not like the others… Well, actually, all of them are from our pastured chickens. We don’t feed commercial hen feed – I expect the chickens to work for a living foraging on our pastures and eating insects. Usually the eggs look quite orange like the majority. But in this batch one was yellow like what I see in eggs bought in the store. Not sure why.

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6 Responses to Odd Egg Out

  1. Desiree says:

    What breeds of chickens do you use? Which ones are better than others in your system?

    • We have Rhode Island Red, NH Red, Buff Orpington, White Orpington, Speckled Sussex and Americana. We’ve had others but these are the ones we find work best for us. Black Sex Linked, Cornish Cross, Barred Rock are some of the ones we’ve tried that did not work out well for us despite several batches of trying.

  2. Patrick says:

    I think it’s largely the genetics of the bird. We got one or two that have lighter eggs than the others and it’s fairly consistent. Also we’ve noticed age matters.

  3. Angie says:

    Do you think it might be a broody hen?

    • I think you’re wondering if it might be a fertile egg. A fertile egg would have a red spot and we see those time to time since we do have roosters.

      A broody hen refers to a hen that is sitting on a clutch of eggs. We have several broody hens. It doesn’t actually mean that she is even a layer or fertile.

      I’m thinking this egg color must be a difference in breed. We have one ‘blue’ hen. Maybe that was one of her eggs.

  4. Farmer Paul says:

    We’ve been getting the same oddball yellow yolk. We haven’t seen that until this year and still haven’t determined the cause.

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