Top o’ the morn’n to ya
Anniebee I know I have mentioned this before, but I just wanted to let you know that your comment “My thought was the egg may have been ….. getting caught somehow and then dropping as she walked”, was not a weird thought at all and that happens quite frequently here.
Having a high ratio of fluffy butts to non fluffy butts, I am frequently finding eggs at the bottom of the ramp, in the run or on the coop floor. I think it was Blondie I bailed up in the garden one day, still dragging her egg around with her, stuck to her ‘skirts’.
I have found that if they linger in the nest box while the egg dries, it sticks nicely to their fluffy feathers.
So, we had a mini drama here yesterday. As I was watering, I spotted what looked like fresh blood on the small retaining wall. I called hubby over and he thought that it looked more like red berry juice from the tree. Anyways, turns out it was blood .. who knew chickens had such bright red blood? I didn’t, as this is the first time I have had to deal with a seriously bleeding chicken.
Of course I was beside myself with worry and frantically trying to locate everyone and suss out who was bleeding. I easily spotted Crystal with blood all over her underbelly. She looked like someone or something had sliced her open.
On closer inspection, through tear hindered vision, she had a bleeding toe .. who knew that one bleeding toe could bleed quite so much? I didn’t
Anyways, it looks like she has knocked the claw on her 5th toe as the blood was dripping from there and then, as she walked, managing to spread far and wide across the garden and on her belly. Didn’t help that she still thought it was a good idea to use that foot to scratch her head
I managed to stop the bleeding and clean her and the toe up but she managed to knock it again and cause it to bleed. It did not seem to be bothering her and as, after the second clean up, the others were not paying attention to it either, I popped some Betadine on it and left her with the flock; no rebleeds for the rest of the afternoon.
I have not had a chance to inspect it closely this morning but there was no blood on or under the roost and she was happily dust bathing at breakfast time.
Of course, I will be checking it out later today, re-treating and keeping an eye out for any signs of infection.