Different Hens--Different Taste

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PugetCountry, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. PugetCountry

    PugetCountry Out Of The Brooder

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    So I'm up to 3 laying hens with our BO laying first. I was so excited to get eggs finally but was a little surprised that her eggs weren't that tasty to me.

    Then the BA and EE started laying and I noticed I heavily favored their eggs.

    Anyone else notice different taste/texture in eggs from chickens in same flock, food, access to outdoors etc.
     
  2. PolkaDot77

    PolkaDot77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's very interesting that you are noticing a difference. Does the shell look different at all? What about the egg white? (runny, watery, thick, etc.) If there are abnormalities in the egg appearance, shell quality, albumin, etc., it could point to a disease or abnormality. Barring any physical differences in the eggs, if it's just flavor, I have no idea what could be causing that.
     
  3. PugetCountry

    PugetCountry Out Of The Brooder

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    The eggs inside and out look great. I noticed when I cracked it that it had a stronger smell than the other ones. Not a bad smell but just more of an egg smell. I did a taste test and my husband didn't think there was a difference and gobbled it down.

    I guess I found it interesting that I was looking forward to getting the other eggs and saving the BO's for my husband. Wondered if anyone else had favorites based on taste or texture.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I would think that you'd have to be super duper sensitive to taste any difference.

    There have been blind (literally blindfolded) taste tests that couldn't tell the diff between store bought and farm fresh eggs.

    We eat with our eyes and minds.
     
  5. milola

    milola Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only difference I ever note is that when they have more access to free range feeding the eggs taste much richer. When they are stuck eating mostly processed feed the eggs might as well come from the grocery store. Maybe the BO prefers the processed feed they get and doesn't eat as many bugs and natural things as the others.
     
  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens


    I eat with my mouth.........

    You will never convince me that eggs from a free ranging well fed hen will taste the same as a store bought egg.
     
  7. davemonkey

    davemonkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never noticed a difference between our hens' eggs (we mix them all anyway). But I can definitely tell a difference between our free-range girls and the store eggs. I think it has a lot to do with what they are eating. It's the same as when a lactating cow eats lots of fresh alfalfa and her milk gets a bitter aftertaste.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The point of the blindfolded taste test was that what you see as you eat affects your perception of taste.
    There was also tests done with the nose plugged because smell also affects taste and perception.

    I don't know what the farm egg chickens were fed.
     
  9. lularat

    lularat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had any store bought eggs since about June, when my girls started laying. My daughter often comes and gets my eggs and last week ran out, so she bought store eggs. She swears the free range are so much better. Would be interesting to see if I could tell the difference now, but not going to buy any to see. I just know my girl's eggs are better :)
     
  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I know what the point of a blind fold test is. Blind folding me is not going to make my eggs taste like super market eggs.
     
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