Bloody eggs, over mating or first time laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChxLadyCass, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. ChxLadyCass

    ChxLadyCass Songster

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    IMG_5040.JPG I walked through the run today and found a bloody egg on the ground in the middle of run. Looks about a day old compared to the one I found today in the coop in the nest. I feel sure it is either over mating or a first time layer. I have about 5 1-yr olds, 4 3-yr olds and 1 1-yr old roo. He hurt himself recently, but appears to have recovered. I wondered if maybe his mating was clumsy because the young hens are feather picked behind their combs. Could also be a first time later though considering one egg was out in the open. Thoughts and guesses?

    Run is about 300 sq ft with supervised free range in the evening. Coop is 64 sq ft. 9 hens and 1 rooster.
     
  2. TheTwoRoos

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    Over mating wouldn’t cause a bloody egg,probably because someone has begun laying.
     
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  3. aart

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    Yep, first egg or two eggs can be bloody like that...if it continues, time to check things out. Might want to look anyway.
     
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  4. ChxLadyCass

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    Thank you!! Night check is probably due anyway!!
     
  5. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    Mites can cause bloody eggs too. If a lot of your hens start having eggs like that, check fo r mites and treat with permectrin or spinosad...not DE
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Really?! Due to just overall health degradation?
     
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  7. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    Mites crawl into the vent and chew it up. Usually you see streaks on the eggs. Sometimes mites will be on the egg too
     
  8. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    Just something to look at with blood on eggs.

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  9. chuckachucka

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    Well that is horrifying.
     
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  10. chuckachucka

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    With an egg that bloody I would check all the girls' vents just in case of some kind of injury/infection etc.
     
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