New hen laying ,egg has blood on it .

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TNBlacktails, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. TNBlacktails

    TNBlacktails Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today i found an egg in my nest box i did not no hens would start laying in the middle of winter,but is it natural for a new laying hen egg to have blood on it or could she have something wrong with her .
     
  2. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depending on the breed some chickens will start laying in the winter. Our Buff Brahmas have been coming on all fall and the last ones have started laying the last week or so. As to the blood on the egg.....many pullets will lay bloody eggs the first few times as their bodies get used to the process. Nothing to worry about unless the blood does not stop after a few eggs.
     
  3. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not a concern if it's just a light smear here or there. Can happen to a new layer, or super round eggs, or larger than normal eggs.

    Also normal if there is a small amount inside the egg, from where the yolk detached. Look up a photo for the egg laying tract of a chicken, it makes sense when you see the process. Double yolks, soft shell, huge size, all potential kinks that get worked out as the system matures.

    When to be concerned is if the issue goes on for some time, or if the hen becomes lethargic or "off".
     
  4. TNBlacktails

    TNBlacktails Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     

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