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Floaties in the eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sylviaanne, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    I have ducks and chickens. Somebody lays a blush colored big egg and the duck eggs have striations in the shells. I have just discovered these striations on the duck eggs and the blush eggs don't have them so I am assuming the blush eggs are chicken. I have 3 ducks but one has babies so I don't think she could be laying again yet. The babies are only about 2 weeks old. Tonight when I went out to lock everyone up, I found eggs where I didn't expect to and brought them in, some of them may have been there 2 days. One blush egg and one duck egg have floaties in them, not big enough to be called an embryo and they don't seem to be attached at this point.

    Do these floaties mean the eggs have been fertilized? Thanks.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Egg Quality Handbook
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/ourbooks/1/egg-quality-handbook/

    Read about blood spots and meat spots in this link. Could this be what you are seeing? Sometimes a blood vessel breaks when the egg yolk starts its internal journey through her egg making factory or a piece of something in the hen's body cavity starts the journey with the yolk. That is probably what you are seeing. These are fairly common. Commercial operations electronically candle their eggs to keep customers from finding these surprises. These eggs are still safe to eat and are usually sold to bakeries or some place similar where they beat them up and the spot disappears. That's one of the differences in Grade A and Grade B eggs.

    If they have not been incubated they won't develop. The heart is about the first thing that develops so id it is development, that's what you would see.
     
  3. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    I am so sorry!!! I left out the most important fact: I was candling them. If they have "meat" spots, that means they have started to develop, yes?
     

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