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"Blood red" yolks...What is happening?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by animal nut, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. animal nut

    animal nut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 1 year old cochin is laying eggs that have blood red yolks. I am not kinding. My DH called me at work today wanting to know what was going on. I saw them when I went home for lunch. I thought maybe he was crazy but they are "blood red". [​IMG] We free range the girls all day everyday. None of the other hens that are laying are laying red yolks. DH wants me to cull her.


    Please help!!!!!!!!
     
  2. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From time to time, almost all chickens will lay a funky egg. (See some examples here... http://www.countrychickens.com/country_chickens_4_008.htm) If she does it for a week and then goes back to normal, no worries. If she does it for longer, I'd probably cull her too, because something's amiss with her reproductive system.

    Kathy, Bellville TX
    www. CountryChickens.com
     
  3. gocrow77

    gocrow77 Crow's Nest

    May 13, 2009
    Central MO
    could you post a pic to show what you are talking about - I just can't imagine a bloody yolk. I would love to see what you mean.
     
  4. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Does she have access to fresh fruits? I ask this because all of mine that we use for eating eggs free range, plus they get all the garden scraps. This weekend I cracked one open and it was red. This was my first experience with it too, but it smelled and tasted like the others. No harm, no foul I say. Nothing to cull over, just a fresh, free range egg. Of course, I could be wrong.
     
  5. animal nut

    animal nut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I am at work and didn't get a picture. Here goes. They yolk is not yellow, it is red...Blood red. They looked like pure blood but I am sure they were not. The Dks said that they tasted funny. I could not stand to look at them.
    No fruit.... could it be the berries from the honeysuckle? They all have been eating the berries from my honeysuckle.
     
  6. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Yep, it sure could be the berries. Feeds definitely affect yolk color. Since those berries are red, I am sure that is it. She is probably just eating more of them then the other birds.
     
  7. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Before you cull her, I would definately try to separate her and make sure she only gets "normal" food for a while. If the whole yolk s red, as opposed to having bloody red streaks, I would strongly suspect her diet.
     
  9. Quack Shack

    Quack Shack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for sharing KHayward. That's a great site with detailed info along with pictures. Crazy stuff!
     
  10. HippieChickens

    HippieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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