Edited by mychickensneaky - 12/5/12 at 2:44pm
your birds have gotten scared well laying there eggs or before laying because when i hen gets scared more blood runs into the yoke and makes it look bloody so if there free range theres probably a cat or hawk scaring them so in a few days the eggs should be fine if they stop getting scared
Yes, that comment about a scared hen is just bogus.
When you say bloody, how bloody do you mean? A red spot on the yolk was probably caused by a broken blood vessel while the egg is being formed, and the egg can be safely eaten. A red spot in the white, or a "meat spot" was caused by sloughing off of some reproductive tissue--kinda gross, but totally safe to eat.
Now I have had one egg that was BLOODY-bloody and it was my own fault--I'd found an egg hidden in the shavings below the nest boxes, and assumed it was freshly laid. Apparently not, since the embryo had started to develop. This was during the 100+ degree days of summer. EWWWW
just telling u now thats not bogus or what ever just cause u don't see it in books doesn't mean its not true so when u see something like that just ignore it and wright what ever u want. and yes it is because when ever my hens got scared in a couple days there was blood in the eggs so many things can cause it
I have a welsummer hen that laid a beautiful dark brown egg 3 times a week, and most were bloody. I singled out this hen because I didn't want to give her eggs away. They were perfectly fine to eat, but I preferred to feed them all back to the chickens after gathering a few. The picture I have included is only a small amount of blood--usually it was more. The hen stopped laying altogether.