Bad tasting eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Parsnip, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. Parsnip

    Parsnip In the Brooder

    Feb 8, 2009
    Has anyone else found this?
    My 24 bird flock of Leghorns and Sussex are going into the moult and the egg numbers are dropping. We are in the middle of the Autumn (fall) and the birds will ususlly stop laying in about 2 weeks until January. For the last couple of seasons I have noticed that the eggs that I am getting at this time of year have a strange and quite unpleasant taste limited to the yolk. Is it just my flock or has anyone else noticed it?
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I'd look at what they are eating, especially if they are free ranging.

    Feed can have a large impact on flavor.
  3. orchardviewmox

    orchardviewmox Hatching

    Mar 26, 2009
    Hi from Oregon
    My birds' eggs had a bad flavor after I fed them old shrimp left over from a party
    That's probably not your cause, but it could be something that they started eating.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I've had chickens for many years and have never noticed that [​IMG] Do you supplement with anything different when they're molting? Mine are rapidly tapering off for winter and I'm still treating each egg like it's a treasure, soon I'll be down to nasty store eggs [​IMG]
  5. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    onions will make the eggs taste bad also leftovers that had garlic in them. I remember when growing up we gave the chickens some strong onions and boy were those eggs strong.[​IMG]
  6. Rozzie

    Rozzie Songster

    Jul 14, 2010
    If they are free range, I'd consider what plants might be at different stages of development in your yard. Are they dining on seeds from some plant at about that time of year? Perhaps something from trees in your yard? Scratching different types of food out of the compost pile (things that you eat this time of year, perhaps)?

    If they are confined, is it possible that the brand of feed you are using changes its formula in the fall? Dunno if this might be the case. Do you feed the same diet year round? Table scraps? Fruits/Veggies from the garden?

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