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Blood spots...I think

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vgl42, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. vgl42

    vgl42 In the Brooder

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    Hello all,

    I have 2 RIRs that I recently purchased (about 6 weeks ago). I was told they were around a year old. The kids love them.

    Their egg laying was sketchy at first, i.e. about an egg every 2-3 days and the shells were very thin, so I added Oyster Shell to the diet and the shells seem to have gotten a bit stronger...not perfect, but OK.

    Once they settled into their new environment, they started laying a respectable 6 per week (each)....but they started to eat the eggs....Argh! I made some adjustments to the nesting box and now, no more eating...

    So, now that we can actually have some eggs for ourselves, I noticed that some of the eggs had red spots on the shell. They look like blood specks. Inside the eggs, I see small spots, the size of sand (or smaller) and they are red. These are mostly in the whites of the egg. Sometimes, there is a larger spot, and sometimes there are a bunch of the tiny specks. I am assuming that they are blood spots, but I thought blood spots were in the yolk.

    Nevertheless, I figured out it is always coming from one of the hens. Coincidentally, the hen had an ankle band when I bought her...I am hoping that this is something other than a farmer selling a problem hen instead of culling her.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Annabella

    Annabella Songster

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    One of my girls rarely lays, and if she does its only partially formed shells etc. The other day she managed to lay a "proper" egg. The shell was very thin and looked a bit wrinkly, but it was an egg nonetheless and I was excited.

    I cracked it cautiously and there were a number of blood spots in the white. I fed it to the dog as I am not keen to eat that.

    Anyway if you do a search on blood spots in eggs you'll find a bit of information. I found the following link that I thought interesting:


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=98141

    All the best.
     
  3. vgl42

    vgl42 In the Brooder

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    Thanks. There is some good info in that thread.

    I worry that many people say that if they start with the blood spots, it is time to cull them. It would be too bad, since I just got the hens :-(

    I also read about Vitamin A deficiency. How would you know or remedy that?
     
  4. Annabella

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