Blood on Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by umanduhbree, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. umanduhbree

    umanduhbree In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2011
    Lacona, IA
    This may have been answered several times now, but every day I am finding eggs with a few smeared drops of blood on them. It's only been the last three days or so, and I assumed, that it was due to a few hens being new to laying. However, since it has been three days now, is this a sign of a bigger problem? Or is this normal with the first couple eggs a hen lays? Thanks.
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Could be mites.

    The first egg a hen lays has blood on it, in my experience. I have one sitting in a basket right now with blood on it- first egg.

    Over and over...I'd check for mites just to be safe. Look around the vent area for them. If not mites, then maybe it will go away in a couple more days.

    Or- if it is 3 different hens laying their first egg- no problem.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2011
  3. boogiedog

    boogiedog Songster

    Apr 19, 2010
    Oakland hills, CA
    New layers not uncommonly have some blood on their eggs. Sometimes more than others.
  4. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
  5. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    One of the things I love about this forum is that someone is usually dealing with same thing I am. We have 22 EE that I think only 6 or 7 have started laying at 20 weeks. So, we are getting a big variance of shade of blue/green/olive/pink eggs. Some have had blood on them. Thanks for the info!
  6. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Songster

    Jul 19, 2011
    western KY
    Someone answered this question for me just the other day. Mine had just started laying and had blood on them. They cleared up after the first few.
  7. sksteach

    sksteach Hatching

    Jul 13, 2009
    My EE has been laying for a year now, and still has the occassional bloody egg. It looks like it's getting hung up somewhere in the egg tract. Has anyone else ever had this happen? She also carries on something fierce when getting ready to lay an egg. We think maybe she needs a Midol for egg cramps...[​IMG]
  8. so lucky

    so lucky Crowing

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    There might be a market for that.
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  9. Help_battery_hens

    Help_battery_hens Chirping

    May 24, 2011
    just in case give your coop a really good scrub with an anti red mite solution and powder your hens too.
  10. Chicky1981

    Chicky1981 Chirping

    Nov 10, 2011
    Peterborough UK
    I have just had my 3rd egg and it had a bit of blood on the shell. I think it is from 1 of my birds and it is her 1st 3 eggs. Thank you for putting my mind at rest.

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