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Blood on egg shells after laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jamielynn, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. jamielynn

    jamielynn In the Brooder

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    Is this common? It has happened a couple of times since winter started. It is not the same bird either. When I collect the eggs I notice some blood on the shell.
    Thanks.
     

  2. Dar

    Dar Crowing

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    if they are fairly young birds new to laying then its normal.... my hens have been laying for 18 months and when we get a big one there will be a little blood on it... not to worry unless it is copious amounts
     
  3. jamielynn

    jamielynn In the Brooder

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    Thank you, that makes me feel better!
     
  4. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    It's normal. I found an egg like that yesterday. It was my wheaten ameraucanas first egg. I have a few other who haven't been laying very long that will lay a bloody egg every once in a while.

    Sonja
     
  5. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

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    Very common in young birds, occasional in older birds. Nothing to worry about unless becomes excessive but then what are you going to do? Tell them to stop laying eggs? [​IMG]

    All I'd do is never hatch and raise chicks from a hen that had a consistent problem with this, because it's not a trait I'd want passed on.
     
  6. jamielynn

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    Thanks everyone!
     
  7. I agree, and getting a little more fat in their diet at this time will help the egg chute to stay moist and accommodate the eggs. Wild bird suet is a good choice, or use fat from the kitchen (watch the salt) and mix in with seed or pellets.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2010

  8. Taylor

    Taylor Songster

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    what causes blood on eggs are when they get too fat and they strain when they lay their eggs cauising blood on the egg shell [​IMG]
     

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