Can You Tell a Healthy Chicken from the Egg Yolk Color?

Eggs from chickens with access to green plants and insects look a lot different than eggs from factory-raised chickens that never go outdoors.

Eggs from chickens with access to green plants and insects look a lot different than eggs from factory-raised chickens that never go outdoors.

Did you know that you can tell a pasture-raised egg from a factory-raised egg just by looking at it? You can generally tell whether an egg comes from a healthy chicken with access to the outdoors or a chicken that never sees the light of day by the color of the egg yolk.

Darker Orange Egg Yolk = Healthy Pasture-Raised or Forage

A deep orange yolk means the egg is from pasture-raised hens. This color egg yolk indicates a well balanced and healthy chicken diet and an egg with excellent nutritional value.

Pasture-raised chickens have access to outdoor pasture, with fresh greens such as clover or grass, and plenty of insects to supplement their diet. Chickens are omnivores and eat worms, grubs, mealworms, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, ticks, spiders and even mice, moles, and small snakes.

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