Black spots in Eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rubyrogue, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. rubyrogue

    rubyrogue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    One of the ladies at my work says she loves free range eggs but they always have black spots in them. She said she gets eggs from two relatives, the eggs from chickens that are kept in a run are fine but the eggs from the free range chickens have black spots in them. She thought they were bugs? I know they cant be bugs but what else could they be?
  2. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Blood spots

    Blood spots vary from barely distinguishable spots on the surface of the yolk to heavy blood contamination throughout the yolk. Occasionally blood may be diffused through the albumen or white of the egg.

    Meat spots

    Most meat spots are pieces of tissue from body organs, but some may be partially broken-down blood spots. They are usually brown in colour, and found in the thick albumen, chalazae, or the yolk. They range in size from 0.5 mm to more than 3 mm in diameter.
    The incidence of meat spots ranges from less than 3% to 30% or more. It varies with the strain of bird, increases with the age of bird and may be higher in brown eggs. Many meat spots are too small to be detected by candling, especially in brown eggs. Less than 1% of eggs are usually downgraded because of meat spots.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I agree sounds like meat spots. It has nothing to do with them free ranging, more likely the breed or the individual chicken.

    I've been free ranging my flock for almost two years now and have seen one meat spot.
  4. Dooner

    Dooner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2011
    Can the spots be removed and the the eggs eaten with or wothout removing the spots?
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Yeah, you can just spoon them out. I used to, but don't anymore if I am making scrambled eggs. For asthetic reasons I still remove them if I am frying eggs sunny side up.
  6. gypsy7866c

    gypsy7866c New Egg

    Sep 19, 2015
    I have 7 laying hens, 1 black barred (Hester grew up to be Chester), 1 golden sex link (Princess grew up to be Prince) and 5 RI reds. I get little tiny black or brown dots frequently. Is one of these particular breeds more likely for this to happen? Is it more likely to happen in fertilized eggs? I do have 2 roosters so most are fertilized.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2015

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