Black sliver in egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BirdMan32, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. BirdMan32

    BirdMan32 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you in advance for your responses. One of our 10 hens is a Deleware pullet that has been laying for around a week or so & the eggs are raher small (normal). Today we boiled a one of her eggs & it had a black sliver on the yolk.

    Meat spot, blood spot, something else? Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2011
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I'm thinking meat spot.
     
  3. BirdMan32

    BirdMan32 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is the meat spot harmful to eat? We do have a rooster & he certainly has mated with all the chickens of age.
     
  4. Rocky Road

    Rocky Road Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you pick the eggs everyday? the black sliver sounds like an egg that has been incubated for a few days . . .

    I think there is a link on this site that shows candled eggs at each day of incubation and after a few days its a blood line (that's all), I'm assuming its a cooked blood line. I think it would be fine to eat.
     
  5. jpcode

    jpcode Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vote you have a fertilised egg. If it were raw it would be a red dot so boiled it might be black. It is fine to eat.
     
  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Red dots have nothing to do with fertilization. It is just a meat spot.
     
  7. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    Eww, meat spots sound gross, why do they happen?
     
  8. Rocky Road

    Rocky Road Chillin' With My Peeps

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    fertilized eggs can have a line. . . which I thought was a sliver. If it is just a spot then its still fine to eat, some chickens have a small tiny defect in their laying system and will have a small blood clot in their eggs. No biggie though.
     
  9. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can you show us a picture of the sliver?
     
  10. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Meat spots are simply tiny ruptured capillaries, a little speck of blood. They can decrease hatching, if there are a lot of them in eggs you're trying to hatch. I've found there are more in brown layers than white. It seems that if they get plenty of dark greens (vitamin K) it will pretty much go away completely. I never had any on my free range chickens, except a little in the dead of winter.
     

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