Does what they eat change the flavor of the eggs? Raspberries

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cruelshoes, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. cruelshoes

    cruelshoes Out Of The Brooder

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    I made seedless raspberry jam this weekend, and have lots of raspberry seeds/pulp left over. I know how much the chickens love our raspberries, so I decided to give them some. I put some of the pulp and seeds in a bowl and put in the coop. They didn't just like it - they loved it. There was much jostling for position, and they as much as licked the bowl clean. I have about 20 more cups of the stuff (I made a lot of jam [​IMG] ).

    If I continue giving this to them, will it change the flavor of their eggs? I don't want lots of raspberry flavored eggs. How much can I safely give to them at a time? I haven't been measuring it, but I guess I have been giving them about 1/2 cup at a time, and I sprinkle it with crushed egg shells for calcium. We have 6 hens.

    I know they love it, but I want to make sure it is OK for them in such quantities. I know my kids would love to eat froot loops 3 meals a day, but that doesn'e make it a good idea, right? [​IMG]

    Thanks for any opinions.
     
  2. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't see any reason at all not to give it to them. My girls have had tons of treats, fruits, veggies etc. The LOVE raspberries too. Egg flavor is yummy, tastes like egg.

    I have read however if you give them alot strong things like alot of onion or garlic it can change egg flavor.

    Just give them a little a day or they may get runny poos. If they do get runny -cut back. I bet they would go crazy if you mixed it with non-fat plain yougurt. [​IMG]
     
  3. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    if you're worried...freeze the pulp in small batches and give it to them as a treat every once in a while.

    If you think they loved them now...think how much they will love them in winter....when they are always craving more greenery and fruit!

    Sandra
     
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    The only things that I can think of that would change the taste of the eggs would be Onions and Garlic, Cabbage, maybe something like Canned Tuna.
     
  5. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    Quote:I think it would be cool to make flavored eggs! Just feed them bell peppers, onions, bacon... It'd be like an omelet!
     
  6. cruelshoes

    cruelshoes Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I like your thinking. That would be very eficient! [​IMG]
     
  7. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    I know some people feed flaxseed to chickens. I tried some freshly-ground flaxseeds on some yogurt and I thought it smelled "fishy". Wonder how much flaxseed a hen could eat before her eggs tasted fishy?
     
  8. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    Arkansas
    I keep garlic in their water. I promise you I have never had garlic flavored eggs, nor have any of the people I have given dozens and dozens of eggs to have never said, wow your eggs come pre-flavored with garlic [​IMG].

    The eggs will be fine.

    What you feed them will be reflected in the color and richness of the yolk however. The more nourishment and balanced feed they recieve the darker and more flavorfull the yolks will be.
     
  9. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    ALthough flax seed can be a good addition to your hens diet- I read somewhere that too much flax seed can actually harm birds.....I don't know how much is too much....but if your eggs taste fishy, I think you've cross the "healthy" line.

    Sandra
     
  10. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    Sorry about the confusion....I added the ground flax seeds to the yogurt for ME [​IMG] and it tasted awful!!! That's why I haven't fed my chickens flaxseed, I was afraid of fishy-tasting eggs.
    Yes, I too, have read that too much flaxseed harmed chickens.
     

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