I have a question about blood spots in the eggs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by happi752, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. happi752

    happi752 Songster

    Sep 12, 2009
    Casa Grande
    My neighbor comes and buys my eggs all the time. I finally asked him why. He said almost all of his eggs that his hens lay have blood spots in them when he cracks them open. We are talking 8 out of a dozen eggs. I wonder why. Any suggestions?
  2. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
    What is the neighbor using for nesting material?
  3. I researched it and this is what I found. Hope it helps........Pop

    The yolk is formed in the follicular sac by the deposition of continuous layers of yolk material. Ninety-nine percent of the yolk material is formed within the 7-9 days before the laying of the egg. When the yolk matures, the follicular sac ruptures or splits along a line with few, of any, blood vessels. If any blood vessels cross the stigma, a small drop of blood may be deposited on the yolk as it is released from the follicle. This causes most blood spots in eggs. After the yolk is released from the follicle, it is kept intact by the vitelline membrane surrounding it. The release of the yolk from the ovary is called "ovulation."
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    The blood spots are harmless and edible. just a minor thing easily ignored, often found in storbought eggs too! Still, if he's buying eggs from you, oh well! his loss is your gain.
  5. wannabe_goatmom

    wannabe_goatmom Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Wellington KY
    You should let him know that a hen who lays eggs with blood spots will often pass this trait on to her offspring. Maybe he needs to get some fresh hens from another source? Just a thought.
  6. therealsilkiechick

    therealsilkiechick ShowGirl Queen

    Jul 18, 2007
    Northwestern, pa
    Blood Spots
    Also called meat spots. Occasionally found on an egg yolk. Contrary to popular opinion, these tiny spots do not indicate a fertilized egg. Rather, they are caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the yolk surface during formation of the egg or by a similar accident in the wall of the oviduct. Less than 1% of all eggs produced have blood spots.

    Mass candling methods reveal most eggs with blood spots and those eggs are removed but, even with electronic spotters, it is impossible to catch all of them. As an egg ages, the yolk takes up water from the albumen to dilute the blood spot so, in actuality, a blood spot indicates that the egg is fresh. Both chemically and nutritionally, these eggs are fit to eat. The spot can be removed with the tip of a knife, if you wish.

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