egg with blood on the shell

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by petrie, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. petrie

    petrie Hatching

    Jan 20, 2015
    Help! One of my girls laid an egg with (what I would consider) a lot of blood on it. This is the first time it's happened and I'm mot sure who it came from. Also I'm almost positive this is noy a maiden egg. What could be causing this? :-( [​IMG]
  2. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Songster

    Mar 31, 2014
    WOW! That is a lot of blood. Is she a new layer? Sometimes a new layer will have torn or burst blood vessels, and there will be a bit of blood on it. I have never had an egg with that much blood on it.

    What type of hen is she? Check all the chickens feet for bleeding. I have a cochin mix hen that sometimes gets blood on the others eggs because of bleeding feet.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I've had bloody eggs from time to time, and was never able to tell who laid it and no one had any issues. I'd say just keep an eye on them, if anyone starts acting off you can give her a more detailed going-over.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I've never seen quite that much a vent check and keep an eye on them.

    Checking feet for wounds is a good idea too but the one who laid it may have transfer on feet from the egg if blood came from vent.
  5. jadener

    jadener Hatching

    Feb 6, 2015
    I have had a couple of those eggs myself, but was never able to figure out who was laying them. I just inspected their feathers for blood but never thought to check their feet. I will do that should I have another bloody egg.
  6. petrie

    petrie Hatching

    Jan 20, 2015
    We have 3 Rhode Island Reds, a Barred Rock, and a Japanese Bantam. I know it's not from the Bantam but other than that I have no clue. I've checked all their feet/ bodies/ and back ends and found no wounds or signs of blood. We have not found another bloody egg and they have continued laying as usual. Hopefully it was just a fluke. Thank you for all your help!

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