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Do chickens have tastebuds?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lmarie, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. Lmarie

    Lmarie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Way Over Yonder, GA
    Just curious, do chickens have tastebuds or do they just like the color and texture of certain foods?
    My chickens are addicted to crack (scratch), and love tomatoes. I didn't know if taste even mattered to them or not.
    ~Lauren [​IMG]
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I like to think that they do have taste buds, they devour certain treats while ignoring others, They have little tongues so why wouldn't those tongues have taste buds on them as well. Just my take on this.

  3. mybelle5

    mybelle5 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 19, 2008
    Memphis TN
    That's a question I've been wondering as well. I feed mine about every 3 weeks cut up very hot cayenne peppers mixed in with their food. (To help with worming). They seem to love them..

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