Do Quail Eggs Smell Funny?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by KatGold, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. KatGold

    KatGold Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone,

    My daughters have been interested in eating quail eggs, so I bought some from a local quail owner to see what we thought of them. We've fancied the idea of raising a couple of quail just for eggs and thought we'd try them first.

    The man I bought them from said his birds were young and they just started laying a few days ago. The eggs are all under 4 days old. I am keeping them in the fridge all in a covered bowl.

    Today, I cracked four of them to make (adorable) scrambled eggs with a little cheese for my daughters. I blew the egg out of the shell because the girls wanted to keep the pretty little eggs. With my nose so close to the eggs, I noticed an odd, off smell on the shells. After getting the contents of the eggs in the bowl, I smelled the eggs. No smell at all. It was just on the shells.

    I deemed them fine to eat (perhaps foolishly) and cooked them for the girls. That was about 30 minutes or so ago. Moments ago, my youngest daughter suddenly threw up the eggs that I fed her. She seems fine now, but she definitely threw up the eggs. I don't know what brought it on, but I wonder about that smell. It could have been too much cheese, it could have been the delicate gag reflex of a child, or anything else, but because of the smell, I am concerned.

    The rest of the eggs are still in the covered bowl and they do smell funny. Is this typical?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ssbs

    ssbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep... Most eggs have dirt and poop on them. Not like the cleaned eggs you buy at the grocery store.
     
  3. KatGold

    KatGold Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks SSBS for the input.

    Maybe I should rephrase my question though. My chicken eggs don't smell at all and I never wash them. These quail eggs did not have any visible signs of poop, and I have had chicken eggs with poo that didn't smell so much.

    Personally, when I get a poopy chicken egg, that goes into the dog food. But still, I have experience the occasional poopy chicken egg and it was not like this. Should a typical quail egg be smellier than a typical chicken egg, I guess is the question.
     
  4. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    did they maybe clean them with some sort of detergent?.. I know I have gotten chicken eggs that smelled off .. and it was because the person i had gotten them from had cleaned them with pinesol.. lol
     
  5. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i know when i hard boil my quail eggs, they tend to smell "different" then hard boil chicken eggs
     
  6. KatGold

    KatGold Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yinpu---EEEWWWW!!!! Pine-sol on the eggs? I've heard that it's actually illegal in France to sell washed eggs (don't know if that's true). I wonder what they'd think of eggs dipped in toilet bowl cleaner. LOL.

    Mibosu--well that's interesting. I certainly know the boiled chicken egg smell. I'm almost curious enough to boil some quail eggs to check out the smell. Would you do me a favor though. Would you just take a handful of refrigerated quail eggs and put them up to your nose for a big whiff and tell me what you find? I am not sure if I should bring this up to the seller's attention or if this is just normal and it was something else that made her ill.
     
  7. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    i notice that the quail eggs smell more...earthy, kinda "barnyard-y", i would smell them again, but i just pickled all that i had. i don't see how they could be a "bad batch". i guess it could happen tho.
     
  8. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Maybe the eggs got wet? If I am eating any eggs I wash them before I break them anyways. You know where they come from, and if you cook them right you are good to go [​IMG]
     
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    They Smell Just Like Quail Butt [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011
  10. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:oh yeah.. the girl i got them from thought it was a good idea... yuk!
     

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