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Old 01-07-2005, 03:35 PM   #11
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We used to feed our chickens cracked corn and oyster shells. The shells helped to strengthen the egg shells. The yolks were also the typical yellow. Hens are very protective of their eggs and roosters are very protective of the hens. I have scars from doing battles with hens that did not want me to collect their eggs and the roosters that thought I was hurting their hens. But there is nothing like farm fresh eggs and meat. We used to raise pigs, also. Yummy!!
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Old 01-07-2005, 05:21 PM   #12
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Healthy happy hens produce deep yellow yolks. The corn doesn't hurt, however non corn fed chooks (Australian term there) produce very yellow yolks, fresh grass, wheat and other good things help that.

I used to help my mum in law look after her chooks, I love keeping poultry and can't wait to have room to keep my own birds.
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Old 01-08-2005, 08:05 AM   #13
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I have a Welsh pal who raises "Araconna" (likely misspelled, sorry) chickens way down south of the city. The shells are always a bright green and the yolks are an almost brownish orange. These eggs are SO delicious!!! And they will absolutely RUIN a person for buying commercial eggs! They taste so much better, they thicken so much better, and they bake in any recipe so much better!

I wish we were closer and I could get them more often! Alas, it's a 2-hour drive for either of us...but seven or eight times a year, you can hear me whooping for joy!
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Old 01-08-2005, 09:11 PM   #14
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I have a Welsh pal who raises "Araconna" (likely misspelled, sorry) chickens way down south of the city. The shells are always a bright green and the yolks are an almost brownish orange. These eggs are SO delicious!!! And they will absolutely RUIN a person for buying commercial eggs! They taste so much better, they thicken so much better, and they bake in any recipe so much better!

I wish we were closer and I could get them more often! Alas, it's a 2-hour drive for either of us...but seven or eight times a year, you can hear me whooping for joy!
I am jealous, or maybe envious is a better term.

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Old 01-09-2005, 10:18 AM   #15
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I am jealous, or maybe envious is a better term.

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LOL! Actually, I'm quite envious of them for having the opportunity to have those eggs daily!
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Old 01-09-2005, 03:50 PM   #16
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When I get eggs from a freind rather than the store, the yolks are more yellow. I've heard of feeding chickens marigold petals to darken the yolk, but can't remember where I heard or read of it.
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Hear, hear! I was raised on homegrown almost-everything and the difference is astounding. I have this fantasy of having a little piece of ground where I can have chickens and a garden and a goat and a pig and a few ducks and a watch goose or two and tons of flowers and some fruit and betties and nuts . . .
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Old 02-01-2005, 11:01 PM   #18
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re: Farm fresh eggs

Hi All,
I'm new here and was just reading through this thread (have 2 pet chooks too). The discussion about diet/yolk color reminded me of another experience when I was a child. If you feed the cows beetroot, you will get pink milk. I seen it with my own eyes, when my dear grandmother threw some beetroot that had gone to seed, over the fence. Unbeknown to her, the house cow thought it was delicious, and the result the following day was pink milk. :D
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Old 02-01-2005, 11:43 PM   #19
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that is so cool aussiegirl. please :D please :D please tell me it works with chocolate too!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-01-2005, 11:56 PM   #20
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Farm fresh eggs

Sorry, buckytom, I think it would only apply to the colouring of the milk, not the flavour.... damn
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