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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by funonahonda, Nov 28, 2008.
We found this little blood spot, What could it be??
That's normal. We get them every once in a while. Pick it out or mix it up. No harm will come to ye!
It's just that...a blood spot.
It happens from time to time...but really, not often.
It's a problem some hens/pullets experience but normally clears itself up.
Oh and as gross as it may look and mentally disgusting....they won't kill you if you eat the egg. I'm living proof!
They usually aren't something to worry about and are usually caused by a little bit of blood being released along with the yolk. Most store bought eggs don't have them as they are detected during candling. And it is a really low percent of backyard flocks that do occassional have a blood spot. (I think it was less than 1%, but I read it quite a while ago.)
One vitamin deficency can cause them, I'm thinking vitamin A. If it is a continuing problem you could look into that cause.
I've read on the American Egg Board site that, altho' eggs are candled to try to find and remove eggs with blood spots, "As an egg ages, water moves from the albumen into the yolk, diluting the blood spot. Thus, a visible blood spot actually indicates a fresh egg. Such eggs are suitable for consumption."
So, the eggs are fresh and the blood spot disappears as they age . . .
we eat them all the time just mix them up.
I read that in Europe its acceptable to have the bloodspots...fresh egg. I also read that on the upper East coast brown eggs are more popular than white, is this correct?
yes most people here only buy white eggs for dyeing at Easter.
I remember a commercial when I was a kid
that went like this
brown eggs are local eggs
and local eggs are fresh
Everyone thinks only brown eggs are country eggs.
It's because all the commercial producers use leghorns and they lay white