1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

Blood spots in eggs without a roo?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NaturalChick, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. NaturalChick

    NaturalChick In the Brooder

    59
    0
    39
    Jun 24, 2008
    Colorado
    I am still getting starter eggs from my Production Reds and Ameraucanas and have just noticed the little pin head sized blood spot that I thought was only possible by fertilization from a rooster. Am I wrong? Can all eggs have that little spot? Thanks.
     
  2. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Crowing Premium Member

    10,323
    141
    381
    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    my hens lay eggs with a spot like a bull's eye on them but we do not have a roo. i think there is a thread somewhere where someone posted pics of fertilized and un-fertilized eggs. as for blood spots, they can happen to any egg, with or without fertilization. [​IMG]
     
  3. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Blood spots have nothing to do with fertilization. Blood spots occur when blood or a bit of tissue is released along with a yolk. I've read that blood spots occur in less than 1% of all eggs laid.
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    7,502
    27
    301
    Jan 30, 2007
    WV
    Quote:Exactly.....they are also called meatspots and can be scooped out of the egg, not harmful at all....nothing whatsoever to do with a rooster/fertilzation.
     
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    25,575
    122
    421
    Sep 25, 2007
    Michigan
    Also, blood spots absorb into the yolk eventually. I did an experiment with a hen that always lays eggs with blood spots, and found that if I wait 2 weeks before cracking her eggs, I no longer see blood spots in them. Good to know for sales eggs!

    Since they are new layers, I wouldn't worry; sometimes, it takes time for their egg-laying gear to work out the kinks.

    Blood spots are different from meat spots; blood spots literally look like flecks of blood, and meat spots literally look like little chunks of...well....meat. They're kinda gross, IMO!!
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: