Blood smeared egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 7cluckers, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. 7cluckers

    7cluckers Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a bantam hen that has laid 2 blood smeared eggs in the last couple of days. Should I be concerned? She has been laying for 5 months and we sometimes get a little poop on the egg, but this is the first time I have seen blood. What's going on?
     
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It happens often--this is one of those things you see when you have chickens that you never see when you buy eggs. Apparently the process of moving the egg out the vent can cause a tear which smears some blood on the eggshell but I've never seen any problems arise from it. Some hens seem to be bothered more by it than others so it may be a structural problem.
     
  3. 7cluckers

    7cluckers Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much! Her eggs are no bigger than usual, so I am hoping it is temporary. She seems fine otherwise.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Every once in a while I will get those from my ducks. Usually after someone took some time off for a molt.
     
  6. UrbanGrower

    UrbanGrower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It happens. [​IMG]
     

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