Every now and then a little red dot will show up in a fresh egg.  This is a bloodspot.  Bloodspots are caused by abrasions or other irritation in the hen’s oviduct.

Contrary to what most believe, a bloodspot does not indicate fertilization.  Fertilization can only occur when a male chicken has access to the laying hens.  Eggs are laid whether a rooster is present or not, and can contain bloodspots whether fertilized or unfertilized.  While we don’t have a rooster, and thus don’t have fertilized eggs, we’ve read that a fertilized egg that has been refrigerated since the day it was collected will not appear or taste any different from an unfertilized one.

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