If chickens can't taste sweetness...

PrimeFactor

Chirping
Nov 17, 2018
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Portland, OR
...WHY do mine consistently like fruits better than vegetables???

I've read that chickens cannot taste sweetness. I'm not disputing the science, but curious about others' experience. When I give my chickens their daily "salad" of mixed veggies & fruits, they always pick out the fruits first.

Does not seem to be a color thing as some articles have suggested -- they've had both vegetables and fruits in a veritable rainbow of colors, and still consistently eat fruit first.

For that matter, when I bring out random one-off fruit or vegetable scraps while cooking, they sprint to get at fruit, and are more "Okay, sure. Whatever..." about the vegetable scraps.

What is your experience?
 

GRB73

Songster
5 Years
Mar 10, 2016
183
186
151
SE Pennsylvania
My girls love both veggies and fruit but I think they may be more attracted to the bright colors of fruit, not so much the sweetness. For example, raw cranberries are not sweet, but the girls go nuts over them. They can see the flash of red from across the yard, then they come running as fast as their chicken legs will take them. It's really funny to watch.
 

GRB73

Songster
5 Years
Mar 10, 2016
183
186
151
SE Pennsylvania
My girls love both veggies and fruit but I think they may be more attracted to the bright colors of fruit, not so much the sweetness. For example, raw cranberries are not sweet, but the girls go nuts over them. They can see the flash of red from across the yard, then they come running as fast as their chicken legs will take them. It's really funny to watch.
 

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