Egg with many ridges outside, and a lot of blood inside

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pixiechic, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. pixiechic

    pixiechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2008
    North GA
    One of our girls laid an egg yesterday that was covered in horizontal ridges, in sort of a swirl pattern up to the top of the egg. I've seen eggs with one or two ridges before, but not entirely covered like this one. I thought, well, that will be a good egg to feed to the dog...but when I cracked it into his bowl, the egg turned out to be filled with quite a bit of blood in addition to the yolk and white. I'd say blood accounted for at least half the contents of the egg.

    I was so thoroughly grossed out that I emptied the dog bowl right in the trash, and didn't think to take a pic of the egg or shell until later.

    Is this something I need to worry about? I've tried searching here and didn't find anything else like this. We collect eggs every day so it isn't likely to be a partly-formed chick...and it was more bloody than any fertile egg I've ever seen. I've been on the lookout for any sick-looking hens but they all seem fine.

  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Wrinkly eggs are not that uncommon; but I have never heard on a blood filled one [​IMG]
  3. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    How old is she? Early layers can sometimes do this.

    I've also heard that when a hen is shocked, blood may be released into the oviduct but may clear up after a few days, not entirely sure if this is true though.

    Crack open another one of her eggs in a few days to see.
    I have had many 'wrinkly' eggs, I got one the other day that was completely wrinkly, not a smooth part to it.

    eggsrcool [​IMG]
  4. pixiechic

    pixiechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2008
    North GA
    Quote:Yeah, it was the blood that completely freaked me out. Ugh.
  5. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    One of my Australorps first egg had a lot of blood in it. I don't think it was 1/2 like yours, but easily 1/4 of it was bloody. I saw her lay it and am sure it was her first one, but it's been 2-3 weeks now and she's never layed another like it.

    Made me glad I always crack eggs into a bowl before they go in the pan or whatever I'm doing with them. I let my dog eat it though, didn't think it would hurt her considering all the other....stuff..... she chows down on.
  6. pixiechic

    pixiechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2008
    North GA
    Quote:It's hard to say how old she is...we have 25+ hens and it could have been any of them. Our oldest, Lucille, is a cornish x that's nearly 2 years old, there are about a dozen that are 1.5 years and about another dozen who are 8 months. So, it could have been the oldest one or it might have been one of the younger girls, I just have no way of knowing.

    We've had a few wrinkly eggs before but never one with wrinkles all over. I'll certainly keep an eye out for any more.
  7. pixiechic

    pixiechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2008
    North GA
    Quote:Yeah, I'm sure my dog would have been happy to eat it, he's eaten some pretty nasty stuff, but I just couldn't stand the thought of it. And I *really* didn't want to have to clean it up if it didn't agree with him. [​IMG]

    I love the idea of cracking eggs into a bowl first...I think I will have to start doing that!
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2009
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I had that happen once with a two year old hen, not since. It's not limited to new layers and just means a blood vessel burst along the reproductive tract.
  9. aveca

    aveca Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Waverly, NY
    a site with some egg anomolies

    As speckledhen said, probably ruptured blood vessel

    Sometimes as it's going down the oviduct, a blood vessel in the wall of that oviduct in the mother chicken can burst and spill out and get into the material that's being laid down in the egg. This means that you have a little blood spot in the egg that then gets wrapped up in the shell. Most egg producers shine lights through the eggs in order to see if that's happened and weed them out. Pale eggs are easier to weed out than the brown ones, which is why you tend to see it more often in brown eggs.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2009
  10. OrpingtonHopeful

    OrpingtonHopeful Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2009
    Hey reviving this thread because I have just gone through 8 eggs to find two normal. 6 of the 8 were loaded with blood- a big spot on the yolk and then enough to color the white pink on all 6.

    The girls have been recently wormed (a month 1/2 ago) we waited quite a bit longer than the 14 day withdrawal- these are our first eggs post-

    We do have a hen that pretty consistently lays bleached, thin shelled watery eggs but has for a long time (a year?) with no other symptoms. I have noticed dark poop in the coop for the last week or so.


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