HELP!!! My chicken is laying smelly eggs with black yokes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by happychickengirls, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. happychickengirls

    happychickengirls In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    So my fellow chicken owners has anyone heard of this before? One of my chicks has been laying eggs as usual but when I crack them open it is like a stinkbomb went off in my house. The yokes are black!!!![​IMG] I have been feeding them their regular layer pellet food , lots of water, some oyster shells and I do feed them table scraps. They do free range during the day. This particular chicken does have black gooey poo coming off her but and her rearend is raw because of it. ( Kind of like a baby having diaper rash)
    What do I do???? I have heard it is probably something she ate but this has been going on for a little while now. Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster 9 Years

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    [​IMG] hope someone can help.
  3. coloradochick

    coloradochick Songster

    Dec 19, 2007
    Brighton, CO
    [​IMG] Wow I have no answers, never heard of this before but ewww. I hope you hen is okay. Anyone?
  4. I have no idea. But she may have an infection of some kind. Maybe feed her some antibiotics.. Maybe also worm her. If that all fails.. You may have to cull.
  5. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    are you sure the eggs are fresh? theres no chance that these eggs are rotton?
  6. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    I saw this in a book recently. It is caused by what they eat. I can not remember what it is but it was a food that particular hen ate. Some of the foods (I think it was fish meal) can cause mottled or dark blackish yolks. I hope this helps. Gloria Jean

    See new post it was cotton seed meal.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2010
  7. crazy chook

    crazy chook Songster

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
    How very interesting, I have never heard of this before. I hope she makes it.

    I would however separate her and stop her from free ranging, if you think it may be something she ate?
  8. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    I'm thinking that if it were just a case of off-color yolk, that we could say that it was something that she ate. But since we are adding a stench to the equation, I think there is more to it than that.

    If Speckled Hen or Sonoran Silkies dont pop in, you might want to PM one of them. They are my go-to people for stuff like this [​IMG]

    In the meantime, I would get ahold of the hen and check out the bottom more closely. Are you seeing mites/worms/maggots on her bottom? Does her abdomen feel 'funny'?
    Anything else that you can tell from physically looking at her?

    When the eggs come out, are they icky on the outside or just inside?
  9. kcsunshine

    kcsunshine Songster

    Nov 3, 2009
    Maryville, Tennessee
    Too much cottonseed meal can make the yoke brown. I agree with the other post - keep her penned up for a few days and see if it improves.
  10. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Quote:you're right it is cotton seed meal which is in a lot of cattle foods. It contains a substance called gossypol that causes discoloration of the yolks. I read this in Backyard poultry magazine. I hope this has helped, it was not fish meal after all. Gloria Jean

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