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eggs have odd smell and taste

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by grammarwitch, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. grammarwitch

    grammarwitch New Egg

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    I have not noticed this often, but once in a while--like this morning's poached eggs--our eggs will have an odd smell and taste. They smell exactly like the smell you get when you scald a chicken to pluck it. (I've only done that once, but it was memorable.) I guess you'd describe it as gamey. Am I just smelling the chicken-ness of the egg, or should I be concerned? It's tolerable but not exactly pleasant. Thanks!
     
  2. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know what you mean. I've smelled that "chicken" smell with my eggs once in awhile also. I imagine, since you have that memorable smell, it probably stands out even more to you.

    I just felt it was because of the freshness of them. I ate them and din't have any problems.
     
  3. grammarwitch

    grammarwitch New Egg

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    That is comforting to know. Thanks!
     
  4. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't eat poached eggs, but have never smelled anything funny in mine. What are you feeding them? EX. to much garlic and they will have a residual smell, same with fish meal.

    I wish you unstinky eggs,

    Rancher
     
  5. grammarwitch

    grammarwitch New Egg

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    Thank you--I wish you the same!
     
  6. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unless the egg has lain around and bacteria have entered the shell the likely cause for odd smells will always be what the chicken has eaten.
     
  7. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just out of curiosity - have you recently dewormed or given your chickens any antibiotics? Treated them with anything?
     
  8. ShooterG22

    ShooterG22 Out Of The Brooder

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    My brother gave his hens some left over salad that had a little dressing on it. Their eggs tasted nasty for days just from the bit of seasoning that was in the oil dressing. Not sure if you've been feeding scraps but always think first about ANY seasoning or spices.
     
  9. grammarwitch

    grammarwitch New Egg

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    No scraps recently, no new feed, no dewormer or antibiotics. When I cleaned out their coop the other day, a field mouse leaped out from under the warm bedding and scurried off. If he came back later and they caught him, they would definitely have eaten him. That's a possibility. Thanks everyone for all the feedback!
     

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