Hey, guys--I'm still kinda' new to this chicken thing, and my hens have only been laying 2 months. I have had a few blood spots (or meat spots--not really sure what those are??) inside my eggs. One had a pinkish "white" instead of clear, but for the most part all have been fine. I have had a no shell and a very thin-shelled. And, I have passed the panic over some blood smeared on the shell. Now, my questions is this. On my brown egg layers (Cochin & Brahma), I have been getting a beautiful array of browns, even some speckled ones...?? I have found several eggs that had a dark speckle to them, like a robin's egg or something. I just assumed it was normal and haven't worried about it--they were beautiful eggs. Anyway, the other day I was wiping one off with a damp papertowel--had poo on it--and saw what looked like a blood-tinged spot on the paper towel. I wiped a little harder and, sure enough, all those lovely little speckles are actually blood. So, to wrap up this long post (sorry!), my questions is this--Is this normal for young layers or is there a problem? Could they have a Vitamin A deficiency, or is that only for blood spots inside the egg? Thanks in advance for your input!