Blood on Membrane, what does that mean???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BLaBauve, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    My broody currently has 4 eggs with pips... they started pipping this afternoon. I noticed that around the pips, where there is membrane - that it is tinted with what appears to be blood. It's not dripping out or anything just the white membrane is reddish. Is that normal? Will they still hatch? The humidity here is about 50% tonight.
     
  2. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    Some blood is normal as not all of the blood is absorbed by the chick. If is starts gushing then you have a problem. I'd bet they will be ok. Good luck.
     
  3. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    Thanks! No gushing by any means!
     
  4. NaomiSarah

    NaomiSarah Chirping

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    I read somewhere that if it's bloody, you better be SURE not to interfere with the hatch, because you can cause them a hemmorhage easier. Anyone know if that's correct? I don't have enough experience to answer that one.
     
  5. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    I know if you are trying to help a chick out of the shell and you see blood -STOP - because they start to bleed. I don't plan on interfering at all, I'm letting Mom do everything. I just need to stop checking on her!
     
  6. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    @ Naomi: Hemorraging (ie, ruptured blood vessels) to a deadly extent while helping an egg is unlikely. The reason people do not handle eggs that are actively bleeding (and stop working on them when they are helping) is to keep from nicking another vessel while peeling at shell and membrane. However, simply handling/holding the egg should not cause additional bleeding or vessel ruptures.

    @BLaBauve: Some visible blood may be seen without too much cause for concern. Sometimes chicks will pip a little earlier than they are physically ready to, and there may still be some blood in the veins of the membrane. If a bird pips through a vessel, they will most likely bleed to some degree, but if you leave the egg alone it should be able to stop on its own. In fact, it should already be stopping by the time you see blood and like Sonja said, the only cause for concern is when it's clearly flowing out instead of seeping or just being present. Good luck with them!
     
  7. NaomiSarah

    NaomiSarah Chirping

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    Quote:Thank you!!!!!
     
  8. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Georgia
    Thank you! One chick hatched out this morning!
     
  9. NaomiSarah

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