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Chemicals to Enhance Flavor in Feed

MariaSMariaS Junior Member
edited March 2008 in "Off Your Chest"
Please be honest with me. I want to know if chickens are being fed grains that have enhanced flavor chemicals? I think they are and that I'm allergic to them.

I have found the eggs to smell and taste the same at times.
They smell like SALT and burn the tongue. Is it a preservative that's being added to their food?

This has happened since November. And you all who raise chickens know the answer and I would like to know it too.


  • CUDACUDA Senior Member
    edited March 2008
    No, not that I know of. Chickens aren't picky, they will eat just about anything, no need for additives that I can see.
  • StickmanStickman Senior Member
    edited March 2008
    Hi MariaS

    Yolk colour is determined by xanthophyll, a naturally occurring pigment in corn, grass etc

    The amount of xanthophyll in commercial feed fluctuates, so large producers 'dye' their yolks by feeding their hens a colouring called canthaxanthin.

    Never heard of anyone developing an allergy to it to it, but I suppose it's possible. Same is used to feed farmed salmon to 'dye' their flesh.

    I don't think it's used in organic eggs, so buy those instead.

    Better still, buy a few hens, then you can control their diet.

    Hope this helps

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