Blood. Should I worry?


11 Years
Mar 29, 2008
South Carolina
I have a bantam orpington who just started laying. She is smaller than her sisters who started laying over 3 months ago. I attribute the size difference and late start to a sickness she had when she was younger. She is fine now. Very active, eating well, etc.

She has laid 2 eggs so far and both of them were covered with quite a bit of blood. Not drippy, but smeared all over the egg.

I didn't panic the first time because I figured the first egg might cause a bit of a problem. When her second egg was bloody I thought I should at least ask you guys. None of my other girls have ever had blood on their eggs even when first starting out. So, should I worry? Is it a problem? If so, what should I do about it?


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8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
Blood on the egg shell is more common with young hens just stating to lay. It is caused by small blood vessels ruptured in the hen's vagina from excessive straining. Other causes could be vent pecking or a mite infestation around the vent, so examine her vent and check, just in case. It's most likely just because she's new to laying though.

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