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I have a young Barnevelder hen who has only been laying for about a month. The last two days she's laid eggs with blood on the shells. It doesn't look like a lot of blood but it's smeared up the side of the eggs. I know it's normal for a new layer but I'm wondering if a second day in a row is cause for concern, or if it's just yesterdays injury having yet to fully heal.
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I have a young Barnevelder hen who has only been laying for about a month. The last two days she's laid eggs with blood on the shells. It doesn't look like a lot of blood but it's smeared up the side of the eggs. I know it's normal for a new layer but I'm wondering if a second day in a row is cause for concern, or if it's just yesterdays injury having yet to fully heal.

A few slightly bloody eggshells from time to time is normal.  In fact if you mix a wee bit of blood with the normal moisture that is involved with egg laying it looks like a huge-normous amount of blood. 

 

Try to keep your hens weight down and there will likely be fewer bloody eggs.  Thankfully chicken blood is the worlds champion at clotting.


Edited by chickengeorgeto - 3/18/16 at 2:49pm
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