Can Chickens Taste/Smell?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mrs. Fluffy Puffy, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    15,958
    38
    323
    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    Can chickens/guineas taste their food, can they smell? I have always wondered this.
     
  2. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    Me too.
     
  3. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    5,404
    21
    243
    Jun 19, 2010
    Sandy Eggo, CA
    I would think they can, why else would they be picky about what they eat and like?
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 18, 2010
  4. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    15,958
    38
    323
    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    Quote:Good Point! [​IMG]
    Surely Somebody knows! [​IMG]
     
  5. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    Quote:I heard that it is by texture, but I don't know if I believe that. [​IMG]
     
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    A quick google search says that they can taste and smell, but not very well.

    Imp- If you search if chickens SMELL? You get a different sort of answer. [​IMG]
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    23,342
    1,231
    448
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    My chickens arnt picky about food. They eat like hogs regardless what the food smells or tastes like.
     
  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,852
    33
    249
    May 23, 2009
    DFW
  9. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    909
    4
    121
    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    Mine eat frogs when they can catch them but will not even peck a toad, hate to admit that I know why from child hood, toads taste terrible.
     
  10. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

    507
    1
    129
    Apr 20, 2010
    Yep....

    They taste like "chicken" and if you don't clean them regularly...they smell "bad"...



    [​IMG]

    sorry was feeling silly [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by