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Spots in brown eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TwoHens, May 30, 2008.

  1. TwoHens

    TwoHens New Egg

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    Hello!

    We just got two laying hens last weekend. Both are laying brown eggs, one every day and the other sporadically. When I cracked two eggs today I noticed that there were some very tiny brown specks around the yolk and in the albumen. They don't look like blood spots that I have seen in white eggs from the grocery store in the past: just 2 or 3 tiny little brown bits.

    Does anyone know if this is normal for brown eggs?

    Thanks!
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Where those two laying hens with a rooster by chance?
     
  3. TwoHens

    TwoHens New Egg

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    Nope. No rooster, so it's not a fertilization issue.
     
  4. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know what it is you're talking about, we get them on occasion, never worried about them, ate them anyway.
     
  5. kpg115

    kpg115 New Egg

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    My Rhode Island Reds' eggs sometimes have those tiny brown specks - they're like the size of a pin head, usually just one speck per egg when there's a speck. We just eat them anyways.
     
  6. sharielynn

    sharielynn New Egg

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    There were a lot of specks (not bloodspots) that were brown in eggs we got from a farm. Some of the eggs were brown and some of them were white. I just pulled the specks out with a spoon and then cooked them and ate them to. However, when I got the chance, I talked to my mom. (who grew up on a farm, and them raised chickens herself) Mom has had some severe strokes, and sometimes she still knows what she's talking about--and sometimes she don't.. She said those '''spots" are usually parasites that the chicken has. (That kind of made me feel blah.)

    I hate to go on her word alone and throw the eggs away. If they are parasites, there could be stuff we can't see with the naked eye.
     
  7. I believe the only "parasites" passed to an egg would be certain types of worms. The small specks you see could in fact be a segment of a nematode.

    Ruling out that they were fertile and reached a temp of 80 before refrigeration (which could result in the start of development)

    Treat with ivermectin pour-on (1/2 CC applied to skin between shoulders) and repeat in 10 days. Or you can treat with Valbazen orally (see my coop page)
     
  8. sharielynn

    sharielynn New Egg

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    Thank you for the info, our whole family eats eggs from this farm. I will pass this information on.
     
  9. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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