Bloody eggs from several of my hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mortenson1987, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. Mortenson1987

    Mortenson1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    Lately I've noticed several of my eggs are quite bloody. Should I be concerned? They have been laying about 5 months now and figured that their bodies should be used to the laying by now. I also noticed that my hens are being mated bare. I have 2 roosters for 20 hens and figured that should be a good ratio. I don't want to get rid of either because I like having a spare in case something happens to 1 rooster.
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    That happens or for sure does with me in the last 1/2 a century. I figure the eggs are getting some bigger and they are not use to it yet. Might be way off but it has always stopped.

    Some people use chicken saddles---I told one lady that suggested I get some for mine---she has never seen mine. I said Mam---I got over 100 breeder hens-----I do not think I will saddle all them up---LOL. Check your rooster for sharp claws and spurs---if needed trim the sharp points off them. Still you will probably get some bear backs. I never let it worry me----mine have always grow them back.
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Are they bloody on the inside or outside?

    Roosters younger than two years old can be very vigorous at mating. You could rotate your roosters, penning one where he's still a part of the flock. Otherwise many first year hens can get bareback because roosters will mate them more often than older hens. I never use saddles because they come with their own problems. All hens get back their feathers in the fall molt.
     
  4. Mortenson1987

    Mortenson1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    Covered in blood, not blood spots. One rooster will be 2 this year and the other 1 year old, so both are still young and full of energy. Unfortunately at this time I have no space to separate any of the birds. Hopefully this summer I can get permanent coop finished then I will have the space to separate when needed
     
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  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    At this time I say you do not have a problem---sounds normal for raising chickens.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    It is probably from the eggs getting slowly larger and the cloaca stretching.
     
  7. Mortenson1987

    Mortenson1987 Out Of The Brooder

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    Figured it was probably normal but my 1st 4 hens I bought summer before last didn't have this happen (they were 12-16wk old mutts from someone in the area). These younger hens are hatchery chicks I ordered from Murray McMurray last summer.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    A small blood smear on outside of egg occasionally is 'normal'.....
    ....more than once in awhile and/or large amounts of blood would merit a closer look.

    Multiple males often creates an environment of competition....and the females can suffer from it in many ways.
     
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