Egg Contaminants

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SubUFarmer, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. SubUFarmer

    SubUFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls have been laying for about two weeks now. Every egg seems to have little brown or gray things inside the egg white portion of the egg. Is this normal? Also, I know some toads are poisonous when eaten. My RIR ate a small small toad the other day and it hasn't died yet. So the next couple eggs should be fine, right?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    What you describe as a contaminant sounds like meat spots to me. They are perfectly harmless. You are probably seeing them because your hens are new layers, but some hens are more prone to them than others. Here's some more info. on blood and/or meat spots:

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/1/egg-quality-handbook/28/blood-spots

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/1/egg-quality-handbook/29/meat-spots

    My chickens eat toads, frogs, skinks, etc. whenever they can catch one. Haven't been poisoned yet. [​IMG]
     
  3. SIMPleChick

    SIMPleChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great post Gritsar! I actually JUST cracked an egg and it had 4 small blood clots in it. I just got on to see how common it was! Thanks for reading my mind! [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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  5. SubUFarmer

    SubUFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for your response. I feel a lot better.
     

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