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Is this blood on an egg? If yes, what do I need to do?

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The egg on the left looked like it has blood smeared on it, I could only find one other egg that was a bit dirty to compare to but you can see the color is more red on the left egg than the streak on the right egg, the rest of our eggs are clean.  

 

I would assume I'm correct in thinking eggs should never have blood on them?

 

What does that mean, and what would be the next steps I should take?  

 

There are 15 Black Australorp hens that are around 23 weeks old, about 4 are laying and I don't know which one laid this one obviously.  They all seem healthy to me, but this is our first time having chickens so I'm not sure now.

 

Thank you

 

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Blood on the eggs of pullets who've just recently started laying is very, very common. Nothing to be concerned about smile.png
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It's caused by the vent stretching.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Poor things, I feel their pain after having several kids of my own:)  Thanks for reassuring me, I wondered about that but didn't want to ignore signs of trouble.  

 

You guys have been such a help to this newbie!  

 

Are most of your eggs always clean, or do you all occasionally still get some poopy eggs?  I have two hens that always seem to have poopy bottom feathers, and one of those is definitely one laying already.  

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You're welcome!

Yes, occasionally I still get an egg with a streak of poo on it. But, I get more clean eggs than dirty eggs smile.png
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Some are dirtier than others and during the wet spring eggs can be a bit more dirty. Some of mine will poop when laying, naughty girls.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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They can also track dirt/poop into the nest on their feet.... try to gather eggs more often on wet days.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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