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post #21 of 29

I have to wonder about this....

I think they can...

I had 2 broodies in one next and one day there was a baby coon in the coop and when hubby went to chase coon out of coop coon jumped into the nest with the 2 broodies sending them running and left coon sitting on eggs.

broodies abandoned all 5 eggs in the nest .. I think cause they could smell the coons scent was now on the eggs

i can come off a little strong...i tend to speak first then later put my foot in my mouth


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i can come off a little strong...i tend to speak first then later put my foot in my mouth


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post #22 of 29

I walked outside nibbling on toast with grape jelly on it and set it down on the table on the porch the other day....Big Daddy Roo decided he wanted a snack and helped himself. He usually feeds his hens first and eats whats left (its a wonder he hasnt starved to death). But as soon as his little tongue got a lick of the jelly he went right to town on it. not only did he not call his girls over to share....when one of them came over to investigate what he found he squacked at her and chased her off and wouldnt share at all. lol Not sure what about the grape jelly appealed to him, the sugar, grape flavor or what ever but he seems to have a need to hoard the sweet stuff when he forages some up.

post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by wishful 

I would assume they can taste and smell. As far as red peppers and the like - as far as I know, birds can't taste capsaicin, the chemical that makes hot peppers so spicy. Pepper seeds don't survive our eating of them, so the peppers developed the chemical as a defensive mechanism so we're not the ones eating them. Instead, they can be left for other animals (like birds) who can eat the fruits and spread the seeds. I think mammals can taste capsaicin and birds can't? At least I think so... Hmm. Time to google this.

"The seeds of Capsicum plants are predominantly dispersed by birds. Birds do not have the receptor to which capsaicin binds, so it does not function as an irritant for them. Chili pepper seeds consumed by birds pass through the digestive tract and can germinate later, but mammals have molars, which destroy seeds and prevent them from germinating. Thus, natural selection may have led to increasing capsaicin production because it makes the plant less likely to be eaten by animals that do not help it reproduce. However, there is evidence that capsaicin first evolved as an anti-fungal agent."

There we go smile That says it better than what I was trying to say, I think. And apparently tarantula venom activates the same pain pathways. That's kinda interesting, I think.

Anyway, didn't mean to go off topic to a specific taste. But I think they can taste and smell, yeah.


Yup that's right that's why many wild bird seed mixes have peppers in it, it's not for the birds as much as it's a deterrent to squirrels and such.

post #24 of 29

Chickens have a taste for bitter and salt, not sweet according to the UCONN Poultry Expert.

post #25 of 29

If chickens can smell, why won't broodies leave a nest when a rotten egg has burst? I went in this morning to let the chickens out, and I smelled rotten eggs before I even opened the door. Today is actually the hatch date for these eggs, and I never candled to check for infertile eggs. So she's still sitting happily on that disgusting mess. I couldn't even stay in there without vomiting. I can't leave her like that, can I? I'm going to have to put something over my mouth and nose, force her off the nest, clean it out, put down fresh bedding, wipe off remaining eggs,and then let her back on. This will make her crazy! And I'm dreading it. But I can't let chicks hatch out into that mess, right?

post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by CupOJoe42 View Post

Chickens have a taste for bitter and salt, not sweet according to the UCONN Poultry Expert.

AAHH This is just what I was wondering!

Is it color they love  and do they taste or is it more salt sweet  bitter they taste as we actually taste mostly  from SMELL and the tongue gives us the salt sweet bitter part from what I understand

Why when you have a cold you cant taste anything.

 

So maybe  shape  crunch texture color  sweet salt bitter? The geonome thing says "taste" but ...define!

Who knows about the styrofoam? which of us has tasted  it ?

Maybe it does taste good! 

I loved  the taste  and smell of  air plane glue as a little kid in the 50's. It was  chemical too I guess.or a gum? not sure.   

post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by 2overeasy View Post

If chickens can smell, why won't broodies leave a nest when a rotten egg has burst? I went in this morning to let the chickens out, and I smelled rotten eggs before I even opened the door. Today is actually the hatch date for these eggs, and I never candled to check for infertile eggs. So she's still sitting happily on that disgusting mess. I couldn't even stay in there without vomiting. I can't leave her like that, can I? I'm going to have to put something over my mouth and nose, force her off the nest, clean it out, put down fresh bedding, wipe off remaining eggs,and then let her back on. This will make her crazy! And I'm dreading it. But I can't let chicks hatch out into that mess, right?

I dont know about a thorough cleaning but id sure get the egg out and as  much of the gook as possible without disturbing the eggs any more than possible Not sure  if that eggs drys on the shells air cell end  if they can hatch or will it smother them?

post #28 of 29

MINE LOVE canalope and afterwards rub their beak on ground--I WAS THINKING it was to clean wet,sticky off

post #29 of 29
This issue needs to be addressed further. I will demonstrate the birds can taste, they just have a different range of considerations than we have when evaluating potential food items and hence measure different chemicals. The dogma on this has had its day.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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