Duck egg with blood on outside shell

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AFasnacht, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. AFasnacht

    AFasnacht New Egg

    Oct 5, 2015
    Does anyone know what would cause a duck to lay an egg with blood on the outside shell? This is the second one we found. Our oldest duck is 2 years old. The amount is about the size of a penny
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    You will occasionally see blood on the outside of an egg - any minor irritation to the inside of the vent can result in a bloody shell exterior as it is an area of the body rich in vessels that is stretched significantly as the egg passes through. I wouldn't worry too much until/unless it becomes an even more frequent thing - if you are concerned, and if your birds are manageable, you can always catch them up and give them a once over to rule out any obvious signs of trauma in the area.
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I did notice some blood on an egg - so I started inspecting vents, and found that Elfie - who does not like to swim - had some dried poo on the feathers around her vent, and I think that caused extra pulling when she laid the egg. I trimmed it off - carefully!
  4. AFasnacht

    AFasnacht New Egg

    Oct 5, 2015
    Thank you for all the information. I am going to check them out. It has been very cold here around 2 at night was wondering if this also is able to affect them
  5. Candaloupe

    Candaloupe New Egg

    Jan 29, 2016
    I just read on another thread that was discussing this same issue with chickens that the cold weather can make them tense and that the vent needs heat to dilate. The extra tenseness of being cold can cause those blood vessels to be irritated as the egg passes through the vent.

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