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FRM

Chirping
Mar 11, 2018
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Beverly Hills, Florida
I started raising my chicks last May 2017. I have one Leghorn Rooster, one Leghorn hen and 3 Rode Island Red Hens. Today is the first time I found an shell-less egg. The egg I found does not fit any description found on the internet. It was not intact, not rubber, not soft. At first I thought a hen had a bloody stool. Upon further assessment and poking a hole in the center yellow yolk came pouring out so I knew it was not a stool, but it was covered in blood! Is this something I should be concerned about?
 

Riche Bronson

Songster
Aug 23, 2015
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Utah
I only asked about the RIR because I’ve had more problems with them laying than any of the other breeds I have. They lay such huge eggs, and so frequently, might be the reason for that. So, clarify- you said it was a shell-less egg, but then you said it it was “not intact, not rubber or soft”. ?? So did it have a hard shell on it like a normal egg, it was just streaked with blood? Was it possibly just a small egg, like a fairy egg, that was covered in blood (and maybe also in poop from landing in the poop pile?). I’m sorry if I seem dense, I’m just trying to understand and visualize what you saw.
 

FRM

Chirping
Mar 11, 2018
11
36
76
Beverly Hills, Florida
I only asked about the RIR because I’ve had more problems with them laying than any of the other breeds I have. They lay such huge eggs, and so frequently, might be the reason for that. So, clarify- you said it was a shell-less egg, but then you said it it was “not intact, not rubber or soft”. ?? So did it have a hard shell on it like a normal egg, it was just streaked with blood? Was it possibly just a small egg, like a fairy egg, that was covered in blood (and maybe also in poop from landing in the poop pile?). I’m sorry if I seem dense, I’m just trying to understand and visualize what you saw.
The yolk was covered in blood, the white of the egg was soaked into the bedding. The yolk was intact until I stabbed it with a stick to assess what it was!
 

Riche Bronson

Songster
Aug 23, 2015
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Utah
I would be concerned then that the shell is inside of her still. Maybe there was a hard shell and it got broken inside of her, possibly injuring her and causing the yolk to be covered in blood. The scary thing about it, if that’s indeed the case, is yolk peritonitis. It will kill her. I would highly suggest a trip to the vet who can take a look in there for any shell fragments, or cuts, or even a soft shell left behind. Even if it was a soft shell that couldn’t cause injuries, just it being left inside there can cause peritonitis. Watch her and see if she lays anymore. My girl who had an egg break inside of her never laid another one and then died. I was too new at chickens to know what to look for. Check back and keep me posted on your girl, please!
 

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