Eggs smell and taste like manure! *UPDATE!*I think the prob is fixed

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alhanse77, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. alhanse77

    alhanse77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2010
    Rexburg, ID
    We are recent converts to chickens and have four 9 mo. old hens (1 buff orp, 1 barred rock, 2 araucanas). The buff and the barred rock have been regular layers since late October. Within the last month, their eggs have begun to smell and taste like chicken manure. Their nest boxes are kept clean and the eggs rarely have more than a smear. Their diet has not changed since winter began and we change their water often. From what I have read so far, the odor and taste could be due to what they are eating. We have an ark style coop and it gets muddy when the snow thaws (we live in SE Idaho). We rake out the manure about once a week. Recently, I have been putting pine shavings in the bottom of the ark to absorb the excess water and minimize the formation of mud. Although we have taken better measures to keep the bottom of the coop clean, their eggs still smell and taste like manure. SO, the question is, what is causing the eggs to smell and when will it go away?
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2011
  2. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    Giving you a bump cause I don't have a clue. Maybe one of our more experienced members does.
  3. roosterroost

    roosterroost Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2010
    We have a buff orpington whose eggs are fine. The Easter egger just started laying, and when I've cracked those eggs, they smell rotten (but they are fresh). I haven't even eaten them, just thrown it all out.... This hen is in the exact same environment and has the same feed as the buff orpington.... I am also wondering what is up with the E.E. eggs....??????????
  4. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I dont have any answers, but I'll definitely be watching to see what the cause & resolution might be!

  5. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Are you feeding flax seed ? Sometimes that will cause them to smell if they eat too much of it and some hens will eat more than others. Also it could be a problem with the hen having some problem of her own. Wish you luck that must be terrible. [​IMG] Gloria Jean
  6. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Perhaps you got a bad bag of feed. Odor in an egg is usually related to their diet. Could you try to get a fresh bag of feed and see if it improves over the next week or two?
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens


    Do they have access to a compost bin?
  8. Barreds N' Tards Ranch

    Barreds N' Tards Ranch Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2010
    Check out They have a section for stinky eggs and what may be causing it.
  9. alhanse77

    alhanse77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2010
    Rexburg, ID
    Update on my funky eggs:
    After looking at all of the variables (no flax, no compost, etc.), my best guess is that the chicken feed is contributing to the off smell and taste of my eggs. The last bag of feed I bought was the same brand as before, but it looked different (more yellowish, not as brown). I also realized that the eggs started getting funky shortly after I started feeding them from the new bag of feed. I switched to a new brand of organic layer pellets earlier this week and the eggs smell and taste much better. They still have a subtle "earthy" smell, but it is not nearly as bad as before. I scrambled our eggs with some store-bought eggs this morning and no one noticed a difference. I am hoping that in the next couple of weeks the smell goes away all together. I will keep you posted! Thanks everyone for the tips!
  10. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Previously Barred Babies Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    Glad you figured out your problem cause that's just kinda [​IMG]

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