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Blood in my pastured egg. *warning: graphic egg photo included*

Commented on March 31, 2015
Created February 21, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Last week I cracked open an egg and the whole thing was filled with blood.

Has this ever happened to anyone else? Would you have eaten it? What's the weirdest food anomaly you've ever experienced?

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81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

(638)

on March 18, 2013
at 04:46 AM

hahaha i was also expecting a tiny little clot, i get those all the time but whaaaat is this!!! lol

74b00bbfe9ba0f647bb154ed5f923cb4

(156)

on July 04, 2012
at 07:08 AM

I once came across an egg that had a crack in the side with a feather sticking out of it... I was curious as hell, but I was also creeped out, so I couldn't make myself open it, so I just threw it out whole. Those automatic sorting machines aren't 100% perfect, I figure.

Ddfdaa75ac9f47e01fc71162dd0d38dc

on May 24, 2012
at 05:55 PM

It's really not for human consumption. The dog will be fine, tho.

Ddfdaa75ac9f47e01fc71162dd0d38dc

on May 24, 2012
at 05:52 PM

You got yourself a fertile egg, that's all. But it should have been collected earlier before the development got so far along.

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

(346)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:23 PM

Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 16, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I know, and I agree to a certain extent. If I'm adding an egg to a skillet, I usually just crack it in there. If I'm adding an egg to a bunch of other really expensive ingredients in a mixer... I usually crack it in a bowl first. Depends.

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on October 03, 2011
at 03:24 PM

On the other hand, I've probably cracked over 30,000 eggs in my life -- mostly farm-fresh ones that weren't candled or otherwise checked for internal weirdness -- and I'd say less than 6 have been inedible. That's a lot of washing separate bowls to avoid something that rare.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on October 02, 2011
at 02:06 AM

I also thought it would be a little red spot--many centuries ago in my childhood that was common and we ate them routinely. I never saw a "hemorrhaged egg" until now.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on September 17, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Q4T, TheBaconDiaries!

D0501f0cc09c961a06c3d188361e7b07

on September 17, 2011
at 04:27 PM

Clot, moist, secretion, all words no one should ever use.

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on February 23, 2011
at 06:45 AM

Clotted cream good. Mmmmmmmm. In my best Homer Simpson.

Ab566019baa884ec9e3327c108586ff8

(1055)

on February 22, 2011
at 03:32 PM

between 4 raw fed big dogs and 2 fruit and veggie eating parrots and 2 adult paleos,.....VERY VERY little goes to waste around here

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 22, 2011
at 03:12 PM

Eww, Scott. Just eww.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 22, 2011
at 04:50 AM

Glad you posted that so if it happens to me later, I won't be totally freaked out by it. I get all my eggs from naturally raised chickens in people's backyards so there is no fancy checking of them going on before they are cracked.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 22, 2011
at 04:47 AM

LMAO! That's what I was thinking. No need to let it go to waste. Doggy needs good food too and she won't waste any time feeling grossed out! ;-)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on February 22, 2011
at 04:25 AM

Damn. Why does something so tasty have to sound so icky?

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on February 22, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Even clotted cream? ;-)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 22, 2011
at 02:38 AM

Aww, it looks good! My daughter is so OVER him. She is into Ke$ha now, to the point where she is now $arah. Hee!

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 22, 2011
at 01:59 AM

You are not alone in your shuddering. I hate the word clot too.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on February 22, 2011
at 01:50 AM

The world is upside-down.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 22, 2011
at 01:49 AM

He cut his hair today! http://thedailywh.at/2011/02/21/so-this-happened-of-the-day-4/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+feedburner/oicv+(The+Daily+What)

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 22, 2011
at 01:48 AM

This answer reminded me of something Dwight Schrute might say. :)

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on February 22, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Is it amusing that after seeing this post in the morning and not clicking on it, I now *did* click on it because of the warning? :)

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on February 22, 2011
at 12:47 AM

It's Bieber's world, we're all just livin in it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 22, 2011
at 12:45 AM

Do you watch CSI? ;)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 22, 2011
at 12:21 AM

I am so glad kinetic, just looking at it keeps making me shiver and I don't really know why. It just looks ~icky~. LOL.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on February 21, 2011
at 10:19 PM

That right there i s classic

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 21, 2011
at 09:41 PM

I actually specifically thought of you and decided you would have been one to eat it.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 21, 2011
at 09:19 PM

thx Kinetic. i am honored.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 21, 2011
at 08:42 PM

My grandmother used to candle eggs when I was a kid on the farm :)

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 21, 2011
at 08:30 PM

I felt a little less paleo for being so squeamish about it at first. If I had to do it over again, I still wouldn't eat it though.

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 21, 2011
at 08:29 PM

I had to google candling. That's cool!

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 21, 2011
at 08:27 PM

No, I didn't eat it, Melissa. I just couldn't get over it. It was amazing I managed to make and eat a new batch of eggs that day. I did think of the people who post here though who may have eaten it.

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 21, 2011
at 08:24 PM

Sorry Jack. I had a week to get over it. I forgot about the traumatizing factor. I edited it for you. =)

721c2ae7c48630f3c7578a62773b8276

(500)

on February 21, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I love me some blood sausage, and I've eaten the bits of coagulated blood in Pho, but I would just not be able to do that. It just seems so... Wrong.

666de0361be572857ebec0d2ed02674e

(290)

on February 21, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Lol at "graphic egg photo" warning. I'm still traumatized by the one I found like that three months ago. :-P

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4111)

on February 21, 2011
at 07:03 PM

this is what I would have done-feed those eggs to the kitties! Probably okay to eat, but I just don't think I could have.

A3bb2c70384b0664a933b45739bac32c

(951)

on February 21, 2011
at 06:38 PM

Yin-yang eggs :) I've seen blood spots and the occasional piece of bone or cartilage, but not that.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 21, 2011
at 06:27 PM

I can't bring myself to eat them when they're like that, either.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 21, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Wow. WTF, indeed! Did you eat it?

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

(1164)

on February 21, 2011
at 06:05 PM

Loved the WTF tag. lol

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A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

on February 21, 2011
at 08:50 PM

maybe the egg held twin yolks, and one evil twin killed the other?

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 22, 2011
at 01:48 AM

This answer reminded me of something Dwight Schrute might say. :)

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

(346)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:23 PM

Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica.

7
B28d069e6a3b5b6ef68776db4ed8ef64

on February 21, 2011
at 11:30 PM

Cave Girl part vampire. Eat bloody steak. Eat bloody egg and beat chest proudly.

7
Medium avatar

on February 21, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Wow, I was expecting a tiny clot and you posted a picture of a crime scene. I'm almost hoping that I get such an egg so that I am forced to test my paleo mettle against it.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on February 21, 2011
at 10:19 PM

That right there i s classic

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 21, 2011
at 09:41 PM

I actually specifically thought of you and decided you would have been one to eat it.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on October 02, 2011
at 02:06 AM

I also thought it would be a little red spot--many centuries ago in my childhood that was common and we ate them routinely. I never saw a "hemorrhaged egg" until now.

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

(638)

on March 18, 2013
at 04:46 AM

hahaha i was also expecting a tiny little clot, i get those all the time but whaaaat is this!!! lol

6
Ab566019baa884ec9e3327c108586ff8

(1055)

on February 21, 2011
at 07:00 PM

I couldn't have eaten it - but my raw fed dogs sure wouldn't have had a problem taking care of it for me ;-)

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4111)

on February 21, 2011
at 07:03 PM

this is what I would have done-feed those eggs to the kitties! Probably okay to eat, but I just don't think I could have.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 22, 2011
at 04:47 AM

LMAO! That's what I was thinking. No need to let it go to waste. Doggy needs good food too and she won't waste any time feeling grossed out! ;-)

Ab566019baa884ec9e3327c108586ff8

(1055)

on February 22, 2011
at 03:32 PM

between 4 raw fed big dogs and 2 fruit and veggie eating parrots and 2 adult paleos,.....VERY VERY little goes to waste around here

Ddfdaa75ac9f47e01fc71162dd0d38dc

on May 24, 2012
at 05:55 PM

It's really not for human consumption. The dog will be fine, tho.

6
0bcefaa82dc94f93ce705f86e235f335

on February 21, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Did some googling, and it looks like this could be the result of an injury or stress to the chicken, or a ruptured vessel breaking off before the shell forms. It isn't bad, just gross. Most of these are caught during inspection.

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1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 21, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Yes, that has happened to me. If I get local eggs from the farm, I always crack them into a small dish before I use them because the eggs aren't candled.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 21, 2011
at 08:42 PM

My grandmother used to candle eggs when I was a kid on the farm :)

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 21, 2011
at 08:29 PM

I had to google candling. That's cool!

2
Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 21, 2011
at 07:27 PM

jeez kinetic. a "graphic egg photo" warning would have been nice. lol.

I thought it was gonna be like a spot or something. good grief.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 21, 2011
at 09:19 PM

thx Kinetic. i am honored.

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 21, 2011
at 08:24 PM

Sorry Jack. I had a week to get over it. I forgot about the traumatizing factor. I edited it for you. =)

666de0361be572857ebec0d2ed02674e

(290)

on February 21, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Lol at "graphic egg photo" warning. I'm still traumatized by the one I found like that three months ago. :-P

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on February 22, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Is it amusing that after seeing this post in the morning and not clicking on it, I now *did* click on it because of the warning? :)

2
Bb1ba0d71083ceaecd3a3b405a977454

on February 21, 2011
at 06:14 PM

It happened to me the other day in my pastured eggs. I didn't suck it up and eat it, but I should have.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 21, 2011
at 06:27 PM

I can't bring myself to eat them when they're like that, either.

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 21, 2011
at 08:30 PM

I felt a little less paleo for being so squeamish about it at first. If I had to do it over again, I still wouldn't eat it though.

1
B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

on May 24, 2012
at 03:03 PM

I have heard of a whole chicken fetus being in cracked open eggs before.

1
E7e57f3e3a156df4072ca85d463f8ed3

(358)

on October 03, 2011
at 04:47 AM

Eww - eggs, blood - remind me of the opening of Dexter.

1
Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on October 02, 2011
at 07:20 PM

So my father is the President/CEO of a company that specializes in egg products/egg white powder/related egg stuff. I sent him this link and here was his answer:

"Sometimes an egg has a blood spot or a bloody white - the hen had bleeding in the oviduct before the shell is formed. The pasteurizing had no relation to the interior egg condition and the USDA would consider this an inedible egg."

I was talking to him on the phone later today, and he also mentioned that sometimes an egg will have a fluorescent green-ish tint to the white part. This is the result of a pretty awful bacteria, called Pseudomonas bacteria, and should also not be eaten under any circumstances.

So bottom line, if the egg looks funny in an extreme way (like this), don't eat it.

This also relates to standard good egg breaking practices: always break each individual egg one by one into a separate bowl before you add it to anything else (even just a frying pan with another egg in it.) If the egg turns out to be inedible, the last thing you want is to have spoiled an entire batch of Paleo pumpkin muffins or an egg bake.

--Sarah

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on October 03, 2011
at 03:24 PM

On the other hand, I've probably cracked over 30,000 eggs in my life -- mostly farm-fresh ones that weren't candled or otherwise checked for internal weirdness -- and I'd say less than 6 have been inedible. That's a lot of washing separate bowls to avoid something that rare.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 16, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I know, and I agree to a certain extent. If I'm adding an egg to a skillet, I usually just crack it in there. If I'm adding an egg to a bunch of other really expensive ingredients in a mixer... I usually crack it in a bowl first. Depends.

1
Ffdae5ff9b097872f486329d00b83eb6

on October 02, 2011
at 03:09 AM

Yes, I've seen this before. When I was in high school I used to package eggs for a local farmer. I would toss out the eggs that looked dirty on the outside or ones that were cracked or unusual looking. Had a few break open that were even bloodier than this. Can't say it's real common of course, but not extremely rare either. Took me about 10 years after quitting that job to enjoy eggs again. I prefer eating just the raw yolks, blended in with some coconut milk. I have tried, but I just don't enjoy cooked eggs in any form, maybe I have a sensitivity to the whites.

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059413215df1ce12e5f27944cd47c36b

on October 01, 2011
at 11:44 PM

just got egg's from a small farm down the road. had blood in one of the egg's cooked it up and ate it not to bad!!!.. has a iron taste. but hell I eat blue rare steak's...

1
25b139cc1954456d9ea469e40f984cd3

on September 17, 2011
at 07:52 PM

This was an abused egg. So sad. Obama needs to do something about this.

1
Medium avatar

(19479)

on September 17, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I found a little baby duck in my (duh) duck eggs once. I freaked out and tossed it into trash before I could really debate whether or not I should eat it.

It seemed like a waste because I eat duck eggs, I eat duck, why not eat combination duck and duck eggs? Cultural taboos notwithstanding, it would probably taste just fine.

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on February 22, 2011
at 12:40 AM

OMG !! Is that Justin Bieber?!!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 22, 2011
at 01:49 AM

He cut his hair today! http://thedailywh.at/2011/02/21/so-this-happened-of-the-day-4/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+feedburner/oicv+(The+Daily+What)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 22, 2011
at 12:45 AM

Do you watch CSI? ;)

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on February 22, 2011
at 12:47 AM

It's Bieber's world, we're all just livin in it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 22, 2011
at 02:38 AM

Aww, it looks good! My daughter is so OVER him. She is into Ke$ha now, to the point where she is now $arah. Hee!

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on February 22, 2011
at 01:50 AM

The world is upside-down.

1
74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on February 21, 2011
at 10:52 PM

I occasionally get small clots (eww, shudder, why does the word "clot" have to sound so disgusting?) in my eggs and I'll eat them if they're tiny enough.

However, THAT is a massacre. I'm impressed that you kept your gorge down long enough to take a picture. =P

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 22, 2011
at 01:59 AM

You are not alone in your shuddering. I hate the word clot too.

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on February 22, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Even clotted cream? ;-)

65660697ed243c7980725fd014eb00e0

(494)

on February 22, 2011
at 03:12 PM

Eww, Scott. Just eww.

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on February 23, 2011
at 06:45 AM

Clotted cream good. Mmmmmmmm. In my best Homer Simpson.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on February 22, 2011
at 04:25 AM

Damn. Why does something so tasty have to sound so icky?

D0501f0cc09c961a06c3d188361e7b07

on September 17, 2011
at 04:27 PM

Clot, moist, secretion, all words no one should ever use.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on September 17, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Q4T, TheBaconDiaries!

0
34f17a568b81675b8eda405cf2ee6a75

on March 17, 2013
at 10:38 PM

We raise chickens and this is normal. Unusual, but normal. Egg factory eggs are screened for these types of things, but this is to be expected once in a while from a small farm or back yard operation. My understanding is that usually blood comes from the hen, not the egg. The hen's egg making system can get a tear in it and the blood can get trapped inside the egg as it forms.

I wouldn't eat it though. Nothing dangerous, just nasty, imho.

0
77d96e1a95acaa9752ae7fe67078215a

on March 17, 2013
at 07:26 PM

Just made my eggs in a basket this morning & mine looked almost exactly like that. I figure wth, I'm eating a baby animal anyway. Why wouldn't I expect a little blood every once in a while? Tastes fine to me. My 3 year old didn't care either.

0
Da7e812dfbc1d5ada748c1baa67f47c4

on May 24, 2012
at 01:35 PM

This is completely normal. Don't let this scare you away from pastured eggs as this can also happen with any egg. I personally don't eat bloody eggs, but I don't see a problem with it, if it doesn't bother you.

0
980a08fc871f83f803191278d1a8c3c3

(531)

on May 24, 2012
at 01:19 PM

I think the egg was just fertilized an the sack broke open. My family raises hens and after years of eating our pastured eggs daily, I am not ashamed to say that I have eaten eggs this bloody. I turned out fine (?)

0
74942c61e1b7b9a74ccced9c5be10a99

on May 24, 2012
at 12:11 PM

Just happened to me today 24.5.12. have never seen anything like it before. Not as bad as your picture. Was nice to know it does happen. I already had half a dozen eggs in the bowl so scooped it out and went on to cook the others. wishing I had of just thrown them all out and started again though and can only hope we dont get sick.

0
26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on October 02, 2011
at 04:20 PM

Coooool. I grew up eating pastured, fertilized eggs and many had blood clots in them, but that is epic. During those years I also ate several different sizes of chicken fetus. #morehardcorethanyou

0
6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on September 17, 2011
at 05:42 PM

HOLY SH*T That's awesome^2

I don't know what I would have done... maybe cower in a corner for few hours...

or bronze it.

Can we bronze that?

...

derp.

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059413215df1ce12e5f27944cd47c36b

on September 17, 2011
at 02:39 PM

MMMMM extra protein.

39050306e2c250c4110572c544ae01ab

(0)

on March 31, 2015
at 04:12 AM

Its a real bloody egg, the chicken menstruation better be a began

39050306e2c250c4110572c544ae01ab

(0)

on March 31, 2015
at 04:08 AM

 what hapen with bacteria if the bloody egg is consumed?

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