Bloody Egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pamsmithtulsa, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. pamsmithtulsa

    pamsmithtulsa Out Of The Brooder

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    Cracked open one of our eggs this morning and found this. Ewww...

    Is it a fertilized egg? We have only just discovered that one of our bantams is a roo, but don't think is old enough or big enough to breed with our big girls....at least yet.

    Thoughts?

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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sometimes, a blood vessel ruptures in a hen's oviduct or a piece of tissue gets lodged in the egg, and causes this. Its just a fluke ocurrence that happens every so often. It may be unappetizing, but doesn't mean that your hen is sick.

    You won't see blood in a fertile egg until it has been incubated for several days. There's only one subtle difference between a fertile fresh egg and an infertile fresh egg. A fertile egg will have a tiny white spot that forms a bull's-eye on the yolk (kind of like a doughnut). Infertile eggs will have a white spot too, but it will be poorly formed, without a hole in the middle.
     
  4. pamsmithtulsa

    pamsmithtulsa Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for your replies!! They ease my mind. :)
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    That is why when using eggs from my own flock I always break them one at a time into a clean coffee cup before adding that egg to the other ingredients.
     

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