Originally Posted by LisaYolkUm
hello all! I have not been following posts for awhile..............there are so many that I just had to jump to the latest...........
I have a newly laying wyandotte chicken and I have noticed some blood on the outside of the egg shell.
She has started laying maybe 2 weeks ago.
Its not a large amount of blood.............but I am wondering if I should be doing something to help her or is it just "growing" pains?
thanks in advance.
I have noticed this once in a while with pullets or with a larger than normal egg and have always attributed it to the 'growing pains' as you mentioned.
I am certainly not an expert but I do know it has never caused any acute issue with any of our hens. I would watch for any increase in amount or frequency of the bleeding and I would also do a physical inspection of the pullet in question to make sure any skin tears from the stretching from passing eggs aren't infected and to also check for further injuries or discharge.
Any open wounds or inflamed areas need cleaned and then probably covered with some blu-kot or similar treatment to discourage picking if the area is in any way visible to the other hens.