egg size and blood on eggs...is it a problem?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Big_EGG, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. Big_EGG

    Big_EGG New Egg

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    Hi,
    I posted this previously in a genral forum, and didnt realise this one existed.
    I am new to this chook stuff and would papreciate any feedback.

    I have four ISA BROWN hens, and they have been laying now for a month...well most of them there appears to be one slacker!

    We normally get three eggs a day atm, but every now and then we get a big dinosaur egg and one other regular egg. This has happened twice now. The big eggs are 85g and yeaterday the egg was 86grams.
    The first time we had a big egg we all crossed our legs and thought "ouch!"........ but thought it was a one off. However the egg yesterday was even bigger and even had blood on it.....which is making me really concerned.
    Our regular size eggs are 67-69grams.
    Can anyone tell me how or if the size of eggs is influenced by things like diet? ( they have been breaking into my worm farm and feasting, and I thought perhaps the high protein could increase the egg size?)
    Are free range eggs normally bigger?
    And should I be worried about the blood on the egg, and be getting treatment for my chook if there is blood on an egg of this size?
     
  2. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when chickens start laying you will get a wide variety of eggs extra large extra small sometimes even a soft shell egg. All normal while their system works out the kinks of egg making. Once in awhile you will get a little blood on one. Thats normal. Whats not is if its alot of blood or happens all the time. When mine first starting laying I got one as small as a robins egg and got double yolkers quite frequently for awhile. Some have even got triple yolkers or eggs within an egg( I have never had either of those) First time I had a soft shelled egg it scared me to death. I thought on no what is the matter with her. Then came on here and found its pretty normal and give more oyster shell. Now I have a rabbit feeder mounted in my coop with oyster shell in it at all times so they can get what they need.
     
  3. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the question! I am also very new, but let me say I have had eggs with a small shmeer of blood and I don't worry. I did have one hen shortly after I got her (at 2 yrs) that had a bloody looking egg hole and lived--I was initally worried though! She was free ranging and I thought maybe something took a chomp out of her butt.
     

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