Eggs with Blood Spots
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Are Eggs with Blood Spots Safe to Eat?
No matter how many eggs you’ve cracked in your life, you have probably come across an egg containing a spot of blood at some time or another. What is that, you may ask? Blood spots in eggs are exactly that; tiny spots of red blood that you may see when you crack open a fresh egg.
What causes blood spots in eggs?
All eggs, fertilized or not, contain tiny blood vessels that anchor the yolk inside the egg. In a fertilized and incubated egg, those blood vessels will deliver nutrients to a growing chick embryo. There is common misconception that seeing a blood spot in the egg means it is fertilized. THIS IS NOT TRUE! Both fertilized and unfertilized eggs can have blood spots.
Blood spots occur when one of those tiny blood vessels is broken during the laying process. The ruptured vessel forms a tiny speck or dot of blood in the egg. Not to worry, blood spots are a natural part of egg laying.
What should you do if an egg has a blood spot?
Blood spots are fairly common, and not cause for concern. The American Egg Board says that these eggs are perfectly safe to eat, although you may want to remove it for aesthetic purposes.
All you have to do is remove the spot with a spoon or the tip of a knife and throw it away. After that, continue cooking your egg as you normally would. There is nothing in it that’s harmful for human consumption.
Check Your Hen’s Health
If you notice quite a bit of blood, or blood spots accompanied with other unusual egg characteristics, you may want to evaluate your hen’s health. Infrequent odd eggs are normal, but ongoing odd eggs can be an indicator of disease or nutritional deficiency.
The actual cause of blood spots in chicken eggs can vary. Here are a few common reasons why it may happen:
- Stress to the hen while she’s forming the egg
- Genetics can also be a cause for blood spots in the egg
- Rough handling of the hen while the egg is being formed
- Poor nutrition such as the lack of proper vitamins and minerals in the hens’ diet
- Age can also be a factor, especially in young hens who just started laying and older hens at the end of their egg-laying career
If you are actively monitoring your chickens’ health, provide them a balanced feed such as Ace Hi 20% Hi Protein Lay Pellets or Kelley’s All Purpose Lay Crumble, designed specifically to meet the needs of egg laying hens. This will ensure you will have a happy and healthy flock with lots of eggs!