Can Chickens Taste their food?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mjolly, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. mjolly

    mjolly In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2008
    I know my girls have prefrences like hard boiled eggs, etc. They also go for things like worms when offered two or more choices.

    This brings to mind are their choices/prefrences based on color of the food alone or a combination of color and taste?

    A curious mind,

  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Have you never seen them eat something they don't like? You'll know it. They wipe their beak off on the ground, or you or anything close and walk away from it.
  3. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    I've wondered the same thing, because sometimes they eat things that would seem to taste very yucky, like big fat bugs or larvae in cow poop.
  4. DLS

    DLS Songster

    or red hot pepper & it don't bother them . They must gave no taset buds
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    They have definite taste preferences, each unique.

    In the salad department, Annie prefers romaine, BJ carrots. Both adore tomatoes.

    In the fruit department, BJ adores raspberries - Annie could take them or leave them. Annie likes bananas, BJ doesn't see any merit to them whatsoever. Both love blueberries, cantelope, cherries, blackberries and apple. Both could take or leave watermelon, grapes. Betty (RIP) used to love watermelon.

    Annie loves eggs, BJ usually turns up his beak at them.

    Both go crazy for sunflower seeds. Annie will sometimes partake in oatmeal, BJ thinks its evil. They both like warm mashed squash in the winter and both like a bit of good grain bread. BJ will not come within 1 foot of yogurt - turns his back to it - but Annie will eat a bit of it.

    And so on!
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I think so. Taste, texture and food size probably plays a big role in what they like and what they don't.

    If you ever butcher a bird and pull out the tongue, there is a row of taste buds along the back edge.
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Quote:I read on this board once that chickens aren't affected by the chemical, capsaicin, that makes hot foods "hot".

    I'm convinced that they do have taste buds.
  8. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Chickens have taste buds, but apparently, the number of them isn't extremely high, where we have a very high number per surface area. oh, and yes, they can see color in food as well.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2008
  9. fivebigreds

    fivebigreds Songster

    Sep 9, 2007
    middle Tennessee
    Yes they can taste , their taste in food is just different from ours on allot of things. Those fat grubs are protien balls to them.
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    just watching them eat, I'm convinced they can taste.

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