blood spots in eggs and hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by raspeary, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. raspeary

    raspeary Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Cortland New York
    Iwas talking with a lady i give eggs to today and she says some of my eggs have had blood spots in them. She said in her experience she has only had bloodspots in eggs when there are roosters present. Here is the thing, all my chickens are hens. I have no roosters! (at least i don't think, none look or act like roos). Is it possible to have bloodspots in the eggs without roosters?

  2. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Songster

    Dec 14, 2009
    I'm not an expert on this, but I believe that blood spots occur when there is a little capillary hemorrhage in the egglaying apparatus of a hen. It doesn't have anything to do with a rooster. Just the internal workings of the hen. If she hasn't seen those before (without a rooster present in the coop) it has either been luck, or store-bought eggs that were candled repeatedly, etc. to sort out those that had blood spots.
  3. claud

    claud Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    Quote:It has nothing to do with the rooster.
    I think it has more to do with the specific hen. Many of my hens lay eggs with blood spots in them. I have one Wyandotte hen that never has bloodspots in hers.
  4. millie481

    millie481 In the Brooder

    Jan 1, 2010
    Marengo, Ohio
    I found this and I hope it might help you....[​IMG]

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    Re: yolks with a spot?I had to research this to keep my wife from freaking out.

    The yolk detaches from the ovary, and sometimes it can detach a bit soon, and a bit of blood or tissue comes along with the yolk. Like a loose tooth, sorta. The "old wives tale" was that meat spots came from frightened chickens. Maybe, if the farm dog was chasing them. It seems that it can happen from activity when the yolk is near the point of detaching.

    Commercial white eggs NEVER have meat spots for various reasons:
    -- Research (sorry, I don't have the links) suggest that brown eggs are more likely to have meat/blood spots
    -- Commercial eggs are candled to identify them, and those are sold in different ways. White eggs are easier to candle with automatic machinery.
    -- Battery hens are confined, so they don't have a chance to jump off the roost at just the wrong time of day.
    -- As the hen matures, they are less likely to occur
    -- As the egg ages, the blood is bleached out by oxygen, so it doesn't show.

    They're fine to eat. If it bugs you, pick it out, or scramble the egg.

    4 legal hens and one "ninja"
  5. Imp

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  6. sugarmom

    sugarmom Hatching

    Apr 30, 2014

    I have all hens today I got the eggs that had a blood spot . How can this be?

    love my hens
  7. SarahMay

    SarahMay Chirping

    Dec 29, 2014
    I have no rooster anymore it's been 6 or 8 months and now I'm getting the spots again like when I had a rooster... This is damage in the ovaries?

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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    If you read all the posts in this thread, it is explained ;)
  9. SarahMay

    SarahMay Chirping

    Dec 29, 2014
    So in your opinion that is a yes? I didn't find your answer helpful.

  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Nope. Info was in other posts already made, quoted here:
    I'll spell it out a bit more.
    Blood spots have nothing to do with roosters.
    When an ova(yolk) is released to make an egg, sometimes a blood vessel breaks.
    That's a 'blood spot'.
    Sometimes a small piece of tissue is shed from the reproductive tract and is included as the egg forms. That is a 'meat spot'.
    Both of these can occur 'normally' once in awhile to fairly frequently without there being any internal 'damage' of the organs.
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