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Blood on an egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sunnydee, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got up this a.m. and first thing I do is check on the girls and bring them some nice warm breakfast.

    I found an egg in the box that was smeared with blood. My first thought was..when was this egg laid? I put them to bed (I go out and turn lights out and put each bird on the roost) around 10:30...there was no egg then.

    So I am assuming it was laid this morning. So I proceeded to pick up each girl and check for any blood or problems in the vent area. Nobody had blood on them and nobody had any prolapsed vent or anything.

    Does this just happen with no obvious problems? Or should I be concerned?
     
  2. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

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    Don't worry-it happens occasionally for some reason. Your chickens will be fine.
     
  3. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the response. I have read a lot of egg bound and prolapsed vent problems on here and they are both something I dont want to have to deal with!
     
  4. You will occasionally find a bit of blood on the larger end of an egg.
    Your hens will not lay for a few days after this, bu they will be just fine. If you ever looked at the process of how a hen produces eggs you would be amazed.
     
  5. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

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    If she was egg bound, you wouldn't have the egg & if she had a prolapsed vent, it would be hanging out. I worry too much about mine too & it's always a relief to hear that nothing is wrong.
     
  6. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it have been a pullet egg (the first egg laid by a pullet)? They usually have some blood on them.

    Occasionally, an older hen will lay an egg with a little blood on it; this is more rare, but, as others have suggested, it is usually nothing to worry about.
     
  7. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The egg wasn't big at all. Was actually smaller than usual. I will just have to keep an eye out on them and hope this is not a sign of any problems.

    Thanks for the advice everyone!
     
  8. ChickLuver

    ChickLuver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Occasionally I get an egg or two with blood on it. I think we probably all do.... [​IMG]
     
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:Many reason it could be there, but it happens once in a while.
    Wash it. Eat it.
     
  10. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup..I washed it and added it to the "family" egg box in the fridge. All my girls have been laying since November. Speaking of...guess I better get back out there....I am sure I have 4 to 5 to collect.
     

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