Marans prone to blood spots in eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Flock Leader, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. Flock Leader

    Flock Leader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have friends who have beautiful Marans and we were all set on getting some hatching eggs from them, but they warned us that their chickens almost always have blood spots in their eggs. I know brown-egg layers are more prone to have blood/meat spots than white egg layers. Are Marans especially prone to have blood spots? Or maybe it has to do with their specific strain? Or something in their diet? Thoughts appreciated!
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've never heard brown eggers have more blood spots than white. My first thought is, that's a misconception as more white eggs are commercial and candled, and more brown eggs are non-commercial and not candled.

    Anyhooo...

    My Marans don't have any blood spots. In my experience, they're more present in high production layers, or new layers, or a bird that's had some trauma or drama recently. Mine are staid old ladies who decline drama and lay when they deign to [​IMG]
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    From my personal experiences blood spots are seen more in flighty birds prone to bumping and bashing themselves. I get an array of egg colors and it isn't more common in any color. It can also be hereditary, but for the most part blood spots have to do with ruptured blood vessels in the oviduct lining.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^

    Mostly boils down the the individual bird.
     
  5. Flock Leader

    Flock Leader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your contribution, everyone! We might look into a different strain of Marans, anyway.
     

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