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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CarolynBradford, Feb 15, 2017.
what in the world does this mean? This is from my Red Star.
Was there a rooster in her pen?
We don't think so!! Now I am wondering!
How old is your hen? We often get red spots in eggs from older hens, but my first thought was that the egg was fertilized. If she's just older, the red spots don't hurt anything and are just visually unappealing. We scoop them out with a spoon.
She's just started laying!
The presense/absence of a rooster is not an issue in this case - the object shown in the picture is not related to fertility/infertility of an egg.
This is a "meat spot" - simply a piece of tissue from the reproductive tract that has come away during the formation of the egg and become enclosed within the egg. They are nothing to be concerned about and can either be mixed in/eaten with the rest of the egg or picked out if one is squeamish
It's just a blood or meat spot.
When you buy commercial eggs, they've been candled (a bright light shone through the shell) and any with those spots have been sorted out. They're far more common than most folks realize. It's just a little glitch in a layer's system. common in new layers, or hens coming back into lay after molting, or high production breeds like sex links. Nothing to worry about with your hen, she's fine.
I just use a fork and pick it out and eat the rest of the egg. Or, if it's not much, just mix it in.
Agree it has nothing to do with fertility.