Need Advice - First Egg and bloody vent/discharge


9 Years
May 1, 2010
Hello all,
Today when I went out to collect my eggs when I got home, I noticed a green egg in the run that had spots of blood on it. I was shocked because 1) I thought that all of my chickens had started laying and we didn't have any green layers and 2) I had just cleaned the coop and run this weekend and checked on the general well-being of all the chickens and everyone seemed fine. So, I was worried and grabbed each chicken in turn for an inspection. I started with our Easter Egger and sure enough she has a bloody vent. So, this green egg was her first egg. We had thought she was already laying brown eggs, up until today, as she's a little old to be just starting to lay (29 weeks). I immediately separated her from the rest of the flock. But, I'm not sure what to do now, as I'm not sure what is the root cause of the problem.

Some background info: About three weeks ago, we had a problem with our other Easter and the other chickens pecking on her. We isolated her at the time and nursed her back to health. She's currently still in her own pen, because we are awaiting a chicken saddle to protect her back until her feathers grow back in. So, we do have a history of cannibalism in our flock. We still aren't sure what caused the cannibalism. We have a large run (10 sq. feet/bird) and coop for our six chickens and we constantly give them fresh greens from the garden along with their food.

So, my questions are: Did she have problems laying the egg? Were the others just picking on her? Or, is it a combination of the two? I've read about prolapse, but I'm not sure what exactly to look for. I don't see any tissue coming directly from the vent. But, she does appear to have some bloody discharge through her feathers below it. I plan to clean her up as best I can with betadine and neosporin. But, I don't know what else to do for her. Do you have suggestions? I feel so badly for her and I don't want her to be in pain. Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to e-mail me directly at [email protected]. Thank you so much!!
I think a little blood with a first egg is normal. How much blood is on the chicken? Do you see an actual tear on the hens vent, or can you rinse off the blood?

Perhaps a bit of lube on her vent and a little olive oil in her food will help.
If she has a prolapse, you need to keep the vent clean, and then put some prep H on the vent to help reduce the swelling. You can gently try to push it back in. Even if it isn't a prolapse, keep her separated until it heals, or the others will pick at it. 29 weeks is not uncommon for EE's to start laying. They take forever. Good luck.
A big thank you to both of you. I soaked her for about five minutes in a betadine tub. Seems to have taken care of all the blood. I don't see any tearing or any prolapse. I'll keep her isolated and check on her often. If I see anything else, I'll update. Thanks again for your suggestions!

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