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Hi everyone, I am pretty new to chickens and not sure what to make of this egg. It has blood on it. I am not sure which chicken laid it. Our little white barnyard mix had blood on her back and tail two days ago and I couldn't find where it came from... But the egg itself is a mystery because our two chickens who lay this colour egg normally lay large eggs, and this one is small. They typically lay one every two days, so our black one is due today, but she always lays on the ground outside, and this one is in the coop. Our chicken who lays this size egg only lays white to light brown and she already laid today. I don't suspect our Orpington or Lohmanns since both the size and colour are off. What to do?? What could cause this?? They are all acting fine.
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Well, I found out who the culprit is. It is my black barnyard mix, Meg. She laid another one with fresh blood on it today. What I don't understand, is that the egg is small again. Normally she lays large eggs. Why would the size of the egg change so dramatically, and cause her to bleed even though it is half the size she is used to? She seems to be alright otherwise and is eating and drinking fine.

post #3 of 6

I've read that it can be caused by eggs that are too large, not your case. New layers who may not be accustomed to laying, doesn't sound like that. After a molt, or slowdown of production because the vent sometimes needs to become re-accustomed to passing eggs. And last reason is mites biting near the vent causing blood to get on egg while it passes. Could this be a possibility? Some say it's perfectly normal and to only be concerned if it happens on a very regular basis numerous times, or if there is blood inside the egg. I personally don't have any experience to help though, sorry. 

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♦●♦ The Schoebel Zoo ♦●♦

4 boys including my sweet, 10+ chickens, 9 ducks, 10 Coturnix Quail, 6 potbellied pigs, 3 rabbits, tons of cats, and a Great Dane, a Terrier, and probably something that I'm missing!

 

Currently hatching chickens, ducks, and quail

 

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I don't see any mites; Are they difficult to see? I'll keep checking her. Someone just had a very bad mucousy diarrhea poop (don't know who) and now I wonder if she is sick. I'm going to put some apple cider vinegar in the water. She does seem to be laying down more than usual in the last couple of hours, but it is very hot outside and all of the chickens are less active right now. I'm going to let them out of the run when it's cooler out tonight and I'll see how she is behaving. 

I have to go to the vet tomorrow anyways, think I should get some dewormer? 

post #5 of 6

No, mites and lice are tiny, but if you look thoroughly you should see some type of evidence. A dewormer can't hurt anything. I would definitely keep an eye on her behavior and see if any other things seem odd. More symptoms makes it easier to figure out. Or maybe she will go back to laying regular and this will pass. 

♦●♦ The Schoebel Zoo ♦●♦

4 boys including my sweet, 10+ chickens, 9 ducks, 10 Coturnix Quail, 6 potbellied pigs, 3 rabbits, tons of cats, and a Great Dane, a Terrier, and probably something that I'm missing!

 

Currently hatching chickens, ducks, and quail

 

~~~~~

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♦●♦ The Schoebel Zoo ♦●♦

4 boys including my sweet, 10+ chickens, 9 ducks, 10 Coturnix Quail, 6 potbellied pigs, 3 rabbits, tons of cats, and a Great Dane, a Terrier, and probably something that I'm missing!

 

Currently hatching chickens, ducks, and quail

 

~~~~~

♥  "You Don't Choose Your Family. They Are God's Gift To You. As You Are To Them"  ♥

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post #6 of 6
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Just an update; After three bloody eggs, it stopped. Instead of one large egg every two days like was normal for her, she continues to lay one small egg every day. I guess something in her changed. Shrug. 

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