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Spots in brown eggs

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Hello!

We just got two laying hens last weekend. Both are laying brown eggs, one every day and the other sporadically. When I cracked two eggs today I noticed that there were some very tiny brown specks around the yolk and in the albumen. They don't look like blood spots that I have seen in white eggs from the grocery store in the past: just 2 or 3  tiny little brown bits.

Does anyone know if this is normal for brown eggs?

Thanks!

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Where those two laying hens with a rooster by chance?


 

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post #3 of 9
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Nope. No rooster, so it's not a fertilization issue.

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I know what it is you're talking about, we get them on occasion, never worried about them, ate them anyway.

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post #5 of 9

My Rhode Island Reds' eggs sometimes have those tiny brown specks - they're like the size of a pin head, usually just one speck per egg when there's a speck.  We just eat them anyways.

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There were a lot of specks (not bloodspots) that were brown in eggs we got from a farm.  Some of the eggs were brown and some of them were white.  I just pulled the specks out  with a spoon and then cooked them and ate them to.  However, when I got the chance, I talked to my mom. (who grew up on a farm, and them raised chickens herself)  Mom has had some severe strokes, and sometimes she still knows what she's talking about--and sometimes she don't..  She said those '''spots" are usually parasites that the chicken has.  (That kind of made me feel blah.)

 

I hate to go on her word alone and throw the eggs away.  If they are parasites, there could be stuff we can't see with the naked eye.

post #7 of 9

I believe the only "parasites" passed to an egg would be certain types of worms. The small specks you see could in fact be a segment of a nematode.

 

Ruling out that they were fertile and reached a temp of 80 before refrigeration (which could result in the start of development)

 

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Thank you for the info, our whole family eats eggs from this farm.  I will pass this information on.

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It could also be "meat" or tissue from the hens internal tracks. It is most common in brown eggs and found in the whites of the egg. Also, most of the time it comes from older hens. I get them every once in a while, but i just pick it out.

 

Check out this website for cracked egg colors and problems you may have:

http://www.poultry.allotment.org.uk/Chicken_a/Chicken_Egg_Excess/problem-eggs-yolks-whites.php


Edited by Kaitie09 - 4/24/12 at 4:26pm

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