egg color

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by puffjr, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. puffjr

    puffjr Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2013
    We had a egg fall and break and the white part of the egg was a pinkish color. What does that mean? Need help on this in case we have a sick chicken. Never seen this.
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    It sounds like there may be a little bit of blood in the albumen (white). Sometimes when the hens ovary releases a yolk at the start of the egg formation process a tiny blood vessel gets ruptured and the resulting blood can end up either as a "blood spot" on the yolk, or mixed in with the albumen. I've seen one case where it appeared the entire egg was filled with blood! Causes for this can be:

    - Incorrect levels of vitamins A and K in the hen's diet;

    - Administration of the drug sulphaquinoxaline;

    - Large amounts of lucerne meal in the layers' diet;

    - Feeding stale, wet or mouldy feed;

    - Continuous lighting in the coop;

    - Frights, stress and disturbances.

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