A few chicken questions....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by newchick5, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. newchick5

    newchick5 New Egg

    Aug 24, 2013
    Newbie here! Been raising chicks/chickens for about 1.5 years and about 2 weeks ago we found 1 dead in the run. My husband said its neck appeared broken and I read that sometimes they can get spooked and fly around into the walls. Has anyone else had this happen?
    Second, we have 4 leghorn hens but I am suspicious of 1 of them. It's comb is much larger and flips to the side and its wattles are longer than the rest. I wasn't sure if perhaps she was a rooster? Any other rooster characteristics I should look for? I cracked an egg this morning and it had blood inside, more than I have seen and wondered if my suspicions were correct and it was a baby chick starting??
    Thanks for you help and advice!!
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Yes, they can break their neck that way, sadly.

    A rooster will develop special long, thinner feathers from around his "shoulders" and in his tail They are called hackle and saddle feathers. They generally have a more upright stance and thicker legs. They often feather in more slowly than the pullets. There are certainly other differences. But there can be a lot of variation in individuals of the same sex. If it is the same age as the others and they are laying, you may find it's just a female with a large comb and wattles. When I had leghorns, only one had a comb large enough to fall to the side -- it was definitely a she.

    No, the blood has nothing to do with being fertile. It's a "hiccup" in the egg laying process, something you shouldn't see very often, but we've probably all seen it occasionally. The way to tell whether an egg is fertile is by a small white dot on the yolk. A solid dot is infertile, a white ring is fertile. It's not the easiest thing to see. Here are some great pics to show you what to look for:


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