Can Diet affect egg taste?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gamble, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. Gamble

    Gamble New Egg

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    Hey all, I was wondering if anyone has any direct experience in this area. If my hens eat too many flax seeds for instance, will the eggs taste bad? I know its an inexact science but if there is a way to help the eggs taste better I'de love to benefit from your experience, thanks in advance!

    We have six hens all born May 16th. We are expecting eggs around the 15th of oct! They are so far confined to a coop and large run.

    Ive heard that free range chickens have the best tasting eggs but we have a lot of preds and so haven't yet gotten up the courage to let them out unsupervised.

    thanks!
     
  2. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple of days ago, someone posted that their chickens ate mint and the eggs tasted like mint! I guess it would depend a lot on the flavor...somethings may complement the flavor of eggs while other things may not! Only one of mine is laying so I can't report from first hand experience. My girls did eat every pepper off my Thai Chile plant this summer, but none of them were laying yet. I would love to know if the eggs would have been spicy.
     
  3. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't imagine flax seeds making eggs taste different. Pungent things like lots of garlic and onions do affect flavor. I would think flax see would add a lot of great nutrients to the eggs. I know this.... overabundance of blackberries cause black poop. [​IMG]
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Well if I were on a diet, I would think any egg would taste great. [​IMG]
     
  5. chicken farmer 1997

    chicken farmer 1997 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IT WILL AFFECT IT DEEPLY. NEVER feed chickens ANY firts like pemons, oranges and any other fruit thats suor or has a strong flavoe also dont feed them garlike.
     
  6. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can put garlic granules in their drinking water or mixed with their to boost their immunes and it will come out in the flavour of the eggs. Also if their feed has any fish component your eggs can taste a little fishy.

    Most other stuff I feed ours leaves no taint in the egg flavour.
     
  7. Wooster Crazy

    Wooster Crazy Out Of The Brooder

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    How interesting. hubby and I were just talking about this tonight. We are getting our first eggs from our eight dark cornish hens. We feed whole grains and free range on grass. I throw in a few apples as well. [​IMG]
     
  8. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Storing eggs with strong smelling fruit, flowers and vegetables can cause the eggs to pick up an off taste.

    Imp
     
  9. chookhead

    chookhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes it affects it dramtcly my hens got intot he dog food and wow their eggs tasted like dog food lol let them eat their normal diet no meat coz the eggs are gross and interesting fact if u feed the hen beetroot constantly her yolks will be blood red lol
     
  10. chookhead

    chookhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes it affects it dramtcly my hens got intot he dog food and wow their eggs tasted like dog food lol let them eat their normal diet no meat coz the eggs are gross and interesting fact if u feed the hen beetroot constantly her yolks will be blood red lol
     

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