Eggs taste weird

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by magoochie, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. magoochie

    magoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband and I are on our first year of chickens. They just started laying right before christmas. So here is the thing, We have both had fresh eggs from our friends chickens and we loved them.

    But our eggs taste weird! My husband says the yolks taste "bloody" or "off"

    Honestly I dont think they are as great as our friends either. I know they are new to laying, also it is winter, and the eggs we were getting were from summer. When the chickens can free range for greens and bugs etc.

    We feed DuMor feed. We were on Grower feed until they started laying, then we switched to Layers feed. I also throw out a cup of scratch for the 12 of them every morning.

    I bring them snacks a couple times a week. Bread, celery, cabbage, tomatoes, and sometimes cheese or noodles.

    Why do our eggs taste so different? Is it because they are new to laying? Not able to free range in the snow?

    Also, we turned a rooster into soup the other night. He didnt have much flavor either.

    Whats going on?
     
  2. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you have a cold?

    You might try supplementing with show bird feed (22%).
     
  3. magoochie

    magoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do have a cold now, but not when we started eating them. This is only the 2nd day I have been sick, and we eat our eggs a few times a week. Hubby is not sick at all.

    What is in Showbird feed that might make a difference?
     
  4. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    I don't see anything that you are feeding them that could give them an off flavor. Many people aren't accustomed to farm fresh eggs. I've had people tell me that our eggs were too "rich" for them and that they actually prefer blander store eggs. Small pullet eggs can be quite flavorful compared to larger eggs, but I wouldn't say that they have an "off" flavor, just more of an "eggy" flavor.
     
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  5. magoochie

    magoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats what I think is weird. We have eaten farm fresh eggs before and loved them!

    Also like I said, our rooster tasted bland too.
     
  6. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:It has extra protein. My chickens do not lay well on 16% protein layer feed.

    Also try checking the feed for mold. Basically whatever goes into the chickens will come out in their eggs (and poo ).
     
  7. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

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    I would change your feed brand and probably not any veggies that the "flavor" could leak through...(like the cabbage).

    See if that helps?
     
  8. magoochie

    magoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no mold. All the feed looks/smells fine. They were on the 20% grower feed until a week or so ago when I switched to layer feed.
     
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd ask your friends what brand of feed they use.
     
  10. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:X2. A lot of folks on here do not like Dumor. I've never bought any.
     

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