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Black spots in yolks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CJD, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. CJD

    CJD Out Of The Brooder

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    I had my first complaint today about my eggs. An older gentleman,who bought some eggs from me, came in and told me that out of 8 eggs that he got from me, 3 of them had small black spots, like pepper grains in the yolks. some had one spec, some had 2. I know about blood spots, but I've never heard of black specs in the yolks.

    My hens are all 1 year old (march 16th), and have been in the coop all winter. They hate the snow (but love to eat it if I put a snowball in with them) and won't go out even if I open the doors. I haven't changed their food at all, and they haven't been getting any treats other than the occasional broken egg and regular scratch. I collect the eggs 3 times per day and refrigerate them right away, and I do have a rooster

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Mary
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2008
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It is very common in home grown eggs. You don't see it in commerical eggs because they are so intensely candled any flaw in an egg is removed from the production line.

    I sometimes get tiny little speckles in my eggs. Some are super tiny blood spots. Some are tiny little meat spot type things. They won't hurt you. Fish it out and cook the eggs. It is the price for better than orgainc eggs laid by real hens in real backyard coops.
     
  3. CJD

    CJD Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info. The guy that bought them didn't have a problem with it, but his wife fed hers to the dog because she didn't know what they were. It just really took me by surprise and I didn't know what to tell him.

    I'd take my home-grown eggs over store bought any day - at least I know how my chickens are treated and what they're fed.

    Mary
     

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