Blood on egg and nestbox, is this a problem?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by missychicky, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've just colected my eggs for today and I noticed there was blood in the nestbox and on one of the eggs. The egg isn't huge, just normal sized so I don't think the egg being to big for the hen is the culprit. What happened? And is this a health issue?
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    I've had it happen periodically... Are they fairly new layers???
     
  3. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, they're about 18 months old give or take...
     
  4. AnnainMD

    AnnainMD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have come upon this 2x, each time it was a bleeding comb. Freaked me out because it looked like a bloody war had gone down in there. But of course, no one was acting funny, no one was getting picked on--after careful watching I spotted the source and it was a bleeding comb. Given how chickens move and constantly shake themselves, it's no wonder blood was everywhere!

    I hope your answer is just as simple.
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I've seen this just a few times, with the most recent when my little barred rock began laying again after her molt this winter. Was it a bloody smear on the egg? Each time, it's been an isolated incident, so as long as things look fine by the next day's egg, I wouldn't worry too much.
     
  6. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well- she seems fine today- all I can guess is that it was a large egg or somehow just hard for her to lay..
    Thanks for the info.
     

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