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bitter yolks

Posted by chick_mom south middle TX (My Page) on
Sat, May 31, 08 at 12:03

We have noticed that every once in awhile we will get an egg with a bitter tasting yolk. My hens are free ranged and seem to eat anything they can catch. Would eating spiders, toads, snakes or other small prey cause this? They also have access to Layena and scratch..

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RE: bitter yolks

Are any of the prey animals toxic or venomous? Could they be finding a plant that could be flavoring the eggs?

Also, could it be that whatever you used to cook the eggs imparted a metallic flavor (aluminum, for instance)?

Velvet ~:>

RE: bitter yolks

Yes the spiders, scorpions,etc. could be venomous.. I think they even eat the young toads. Must be the live buffet.. It is only once in awhile so it must not be the regular bugs.. Don't use aluminum cookware.. back in the 70's Prevention mag scared us off of using it.
Thanks Velvet,

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