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Chicken blood

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by potatowedget14, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. potatowedget14

    potatowedget14 New Egg

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    For a couple of weeks we have had one thin shelled egg a day or every two days, so thin that they just burst in the pen. Went outside to check on the chickens and one chicken (Rhode Island red) had blood on its rear end feathers, didn't come running to the gate as she usually does and there was blood in the pen and another one of these eggs. Help please?? Really concerned!!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    What are you feeding them? Are you providing oyster shells free choice? Some hens will bleed a bit if the eggs are big. Otherwise look to see if the others are pecking at her, or if she's prolapsed at all.
     
  3. potatowedget14

    potatowedget14 New Egg

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    We are providing them with plenty of grit, and they are fed layers pellets along with boiled vegetables now and again. The others don't seem to peck her, she is top of the pecking order in all honesty!
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Oysters shells are for calcium and are different than grit, they should always be provided free choice in a separate dish. Some respiratory diseases cause brittle eggs, as well as stress, dietary imbalances, shell gland defects, and running out of water, or too much salt in the diet. My guess would be the blood is from your hen stretching out when laying her egg. Has she recently resumed laying?
     
  5. potatowedget14

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    I will make sure to go and buy some oyster shells, Thankyou! She has never laid proper eggs, they have always been just the membrane no shell. We bathed her in warm water last night for 10-15 minutes and left her inside rather than with the flock. She seems much better this morning, getting back to herself and is eating plenty.
     

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