Consistent blood/meat spots. What do I do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Supernatural, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Supernatural

    Supernatural Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 buff orpingtons, getting about 3 eggs a day right now. More than half of my eggs have blood or meat spots, so that I have taken to cracking them in a separate bowl while cooking. Personally, I don't care - I scoop out any spots and get on with my cooking. But I donate extra eggs to friends and family, and once every couple of months to the food pantry, and I'm concerned that recipients will think the eggs are bad or gross.

    I have started shutting them in earlier in the evening and being sure to stay away from the coop when they're resting, to reduce stress. I'm not sure what else to do? Do I need to replace my chickens?
     
  2. Kickin' Chickin'

    Kickin' Chickin' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to know too as I have the same problems with my buff's.
     
  3. dipence71

    dipence71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ys I would like to know also. I have the same thing going on and the ppl I sell to are kinda grossed out. They never had anything but store eggs before.
     
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    That's the main reason that eating eggs are candled, to remove the ones with blood spots or meat spots. You could do that. Other wise, culling the chicken that's laying them is the traditional advise. For chickens that have just started to lay, you could give it a little time, to see if it becomes less of an issue.
     
  5. DawnM

    DawnM Out Of The Brooder

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    They are easy to remove with a piece of broken eggshell. I just pull them and use the egg as usual.
     
  6. Supernatural

    Supernatural Out Of The Brooder

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    Now I'm curious if this is a common problem with Orps... [​IMG]
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

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    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get some too. I do warn them about the possibility of blood spots. People seem be less grossed out if I tell them they are not fertilized and it's not a baby chick.
     
  9. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my girls has meat spots in EVERY egg. some more than others. Not sure what gives [​IMG]
    She's been laying for about 4 months now. That is...unless she's broody. Silly girl [​IMG]
     

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