bBood spot in white of egg, what is it?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sandy sea, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was not sure where to post this question. So I placed it here. I have had hens for over two years. roosters too. I still do not know what causes the small red blood spot which is in the white of some of my eggs. I alway check for it when I crack them open before using the eggs. I pick up the eggs from the nest boxes once a day. I know that my eggs are all fertile, but what is the red blood spot?
     
  2. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here is a good explaination for you that came off the aeb.org site

    Small spots of blood (sometimes called "meat" spots) are occasionally found in an egg yolk. These do not indicate a fertile egg; they are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg. Most eggs with blood spots are removed during the grading process but a few may escape detection. As an egg ages, water moves from the albumen into the yolk, diluting the blood spot. Thus, a visible blood spot actually indicates a fresh egg. Such eggs are suitable for consumption. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife, if you wish.
     
  3. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Quote:The "grading process" referenced in ThePamperedPullet's post refers to the process commercially-produced eggs go through in USDA egg packing plants - that's why they're rarely seen in store-bought eggs. The blood spot is not a sign of an inferior egg or that there is anything wrong with your hens.
     
  4. mvktr2

    mvktr2 Out Of The Brooder

    I have however read that it is a genetic trait, with the advice offered that you shouldn't incubate eggs from a hen who produces such eggs. I was also led to believe that a hen will usually repeat the 'meat spotting' in future eggs. Just my $.02 from what I've read.

    Schlante,
    Phillip
     
  5. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Quote:Uh-oh...[​IMG]
     
  6. sandy sea

    sandy sea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The blood spot that I sometime see is always in the white part of the egg, not the yolk. Would that the same?
     
  7. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    Quote:A good reason to candle any eggs you're going to give away XD
     
  8. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Quote:Yep! [​IMG]
     

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