Blood on vent area after laying egg, normal???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lindsay297, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. lindsay297

    lindsay297 Chirping

    Mar 29, 2012
    Petawawa, Ontario
    Hi I have 1 yr old brown commercial layers and one of them has blood around her vent after laying an egg. There was also blood smeared on the egg. There is not a lot and she is acting fine otherwise. Just wondering if this should be a concern.

    I have separated her from my others till she can clean her self up but, would like to know if this could be more then I am making of it. She is eating and drinking normally and still comes at a run when she sees the "bucket" (treat bin).

    Any thoughts??
  2. Chikees123

    Chikees123 In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2012
    Western Australia
    Hmmm, maybe when she laid an egg she could have strained a muscle, and teared it. :(
    I hope she gets better!
  3. CSisley

    CSisley Chirping

    Aug 25, 2011
    Eastern NC
    I've never noticed blood on my hens' vents but I have seen blood occasionally smeared on eggs. I can only assume it came from their vent as the egg was being laid. I've come to expect that it will happen every so often. I wouldn't say it's "normal" but on the other hand I've never had a hen die or show any other ill signs when a bloody egg has been laid. I wouldn't be concerned about it unless she shows other ill symptoms or signs of distress.
  4. lindsay297

    lindsay297 Chirping

    Mar 29, 2012
    Petawawa, Ontario
    Thanks.....I guess i wont worry about it to much. Thought everything was ok and if others have seen this then all is probably well.

    Thanks for the responses.
  5. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Songster

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
    A little blood is fine, especially if it was a big egg or if she hasn't yet laid much in her life. Just watch for blood in the poop because it could be cocci--it's rare in adults but does happen. Also keep an eye on the other hens to make sure they're not pecking at your girl's vent and making it bloody to begin with. Since you have commercial layers, they tend to lay eggs too early and too big for their bodies.

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