Egg Half In - Half Out Time to worry??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MamaDragon, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. MamaDragon

    MamaDragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greetings All!

    This morning my son went out to gather eggs, and one of the NHR hens was on the nest. She jumped down from the nest box and started to walk away, with an egg half in and half out of her vent. My son reached down and gave a gentle tug on the egg, and it came out into his hand, with a blood spot on the shell about the size of a quarter.

    We kept watch on her the rest of the day, and she seems to be alright. She stayed with the rest of the flock, didn't appear to have any difficulty eating or drinking. We will continue to watch her.

    Any clues as to what's going on with her? Do I need to segregate her from the flock? Is this something that happens from time to time, or the beginning of something serious?

    Kathy
     
  2. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess is that she was just interrupted in her normal egg laying, and she wasn't quite done! She should be just fine! The blood is somewhat normal, but if there are large amounts or you find it everyday, then you may want to look into it. Have a great time with your chickens!
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I agree. She was interupted and left the nest to find another place to finish her business.

    It is common and not abnormal to find the occassional blood smear on an egg.

    I wouldn't worry over it at this point.
     
  4. MamaDragon

    MamaDragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Ladies !

    This morning there was another egg with a smaller blood smear. The hen still appears to be normal, so we'll keep watch, and see if this continues.

    Kathy
     

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