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Egg with blood in it

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 19marvinn, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning I was making my saturday morning omelettes and I found this... [​IMG]
    Can anyone tell me why this happened and if its safe to eat? I just threw it out today... THANKS!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    It looks unappetising, but it's perfectly save to eat, yes. Egg yolks form and mature in the hen's ovary and sometimes when the mature yolk is released it may rupture a small blood vessel, the blood released will end up being encased in the shell, along with the rest of the egg contents. This can be caused by

    - Incorrect levels of vitamins A and K in the hen's diet;

    - Administration of the drug sulphaquinoxaline;

    - Large amounts of lucerne meal in the layers' diet;

    - Feeding stale, wet or mouldy feed;

    - Continuous lighting in the coop;

    - Frights, stress and disturbances.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    It can also happen on occasion without anything being 'wrong'.
    Sure makes ya break eggs in a separate bowl for awhile tho!
     

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