Eggs smell (and taste!) like fish!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cathy in the Catskills, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Cathy in the Catskills

    Cathy in the Catskills New Egg

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    I'm sooo discouraged....raised 6 chicks from April 17th.... all was well! Began laying, etc... tons of eggs...selling them, too! Now....the eggs smell (and taste) like fish! They free range...we live in upstate NY.... bought a bag of cheap food...threw it out and went back to the good stuff.... HELP! IF it is the cheap food, how long will it take to "work out " of their system? What else could it be?
     
  2. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the obvious would be if you FED them fish meal? or maybe some seafood? I don't think it could be the stuff you bought. Probably 2-3 days for it to go back to normal.
     
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  3. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Do you use kelp or fish meal anywhere in your garden?
     
  4. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it the eggs, or perhaps how you cook them? Our cast iron skillet was used to fry fish over a campfire. Now if I get it to hot, it definately smells like fish.
     
  5. Cathy in the Catskills

    Cathy in the Catskills New Egg

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    I have never fed them fish meal and I don't use it in my garden, etc. and I have never fed them fish! Ever.. It is definately NOT my pan.... I don't fry fish at all... Perhaps the cheaper brand of chicken food had it in there as a filler?
     
  6. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    free range huh? gonna go out on a limb here - but... do you think maybe they got into some wild onions or something? Trash? Know you're in the Catskills but - I still have weird onion things growing even in the cold now here in VA in the grass and the girls free range [​IMG] I'm constantly shooing them away and watching for it. Also - they run over to my trash can area and if my kids empty the trash or something gets into it (like a cat grrr) and tears the bag - the girls have found "old meat" scraps and I've had to chase them down and grab it out of their beaks so they wouldnt eat it!

    Its perplexing though - fish huh? Do you have cats? Maybe its cat food they're getting into? Neighbors with cats? [​IMG]
     
  7. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think I read somewhere that flax seed will make eggs taste fishy. Do you feed them flax seed?
     
  8. Cathy in the Catskills

    Cathy in the Catskills New Egg

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    No cat food..... and even if they did have wild onions..it wouldn't smell (and taste) like fish, I'm sure........[​IMG]
     
  9. Cathy in the Catskills

    Cathy in the Catskills New Egg

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    Yes! I read that too....about flaxseed. I sure don't have any laying around...and I sure didn't feed it to them..... I do wonder if that was in the food they were getting before?? However, there is nothing on the bag........ I REALLY hope this passes....
     
  10. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    I dont know if they will or not but certain things can change the taste and smell of eggs ...

    I hope you figure it out soon... I'm sure its very discouraging for you. [​IMG]
     

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