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eggs have an odor

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by Bookworm chick, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. Bookworm chick

    Bookworm chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've just noticed this almost fishy odor the few days. I collect them daily and refrigerate them. There's no fish in the refrigerator that might pass the smell on to the eggs. I'm puzzled. Right now there's only three hens laying so we use the eggs up within the week they're laid. Any ideas or suggestions?
     
  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ct.
    perhaps its something the hens are eating? are they getting treats of a certain kind? (puzzled).
     
  3. Ema

    Ema Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    hmm, how much cabbage or strong like veggies are they getting as treats? certain foods can transmit odours to your eggs but you will have to narrow down what it is they are eating.

    here is a link that tells you more about eggs and issues that might arise or even shell problems. Good luck. Oh btw, are you feeding them fish meal or cod liver oil? maybe check the ingredients on your feed and see if it contains fish meal.

    Ema

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/1/egg-quality-handbook/36/off-odours-and-flavours
     
  4. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    Are they eating flax seeds?
     
  5. Bookworm chick

    Bookworm chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Ema for the link. I bookmarked it.
    The feed is Purina Flock Raiser. They've been on this feed since day one. The only treats they get is a couple of handfuls of sunflower seeds twice a day.
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2011
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Stop using Flock Raiser for two weeks. Regular layer formula. By the time the two weeks is ending, if you notice the eggs have lost the smell, then you know it's the feed. Same with the seeds. Trial testing. You'll get right to the bottom of it. Simple.
     
  7. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    Fred's Hens :

    Stop using Flock Raiser for two weeks. Regular layer formula. By the time the two weeks is ending, if you notice the eggs have lost the smell, then you know it's the feed. Same with the seeds. Trial testing. You'll get right to the bottom of it. Simple.

    Agreed.

    Perhaps Purina has changed the formula/ingredients for Flock Raiser, or it could be the bag you have now, etc.​
     
  8. Count Orloff

    Count Orloff Out Of The Brooder

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    Could your hens have got into an onion patch? Flax seed, as a poster above mentioned, will make eggs taste fishy (although in the right quantity, flax does add omega-3 to the eggs).
     

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