Pullet's second egg: blood on shell

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aubreynoramarie, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    my nhr layed her second egg this morning (yay two days in a row!) but she was in there FOREVER working on it. Finally when she popped it out it had blood on it [​IMG] its a pretty good amount. is she hurting herself? are these eggs too big for her? can i still eat the egg if there is blood all over the outside of it?
     
  2. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It happens sometimes. If they strain a little to much, or the egg is a little larger than the norm, it will happen. Don't worry. One thing I have always gotten in the habit of going, especially with younger hens, is always looking at their vent area, to make sure they haven't prolapsed, after laying an egg. Just trying to stay ahead of things. [​IMG]
     
  3. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    Quote:and what exactly is a prolapsing vent and what does it look like? thanks [​IMG]
     
  4. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a protruding red bulge at the vent, the vent turns itself inside out. I didn't want to worry you, but just wanted to let you know about it, just in case it ever happens. If it does ever happen, just be sure you separate her asap, so the other chickens don't peck at it, and kill her. It probably will never happen, but it doesn't hurt to have this info just in case. [​IMG] I forgot to tell you, yes you can eat the egg if it has blood on the shell. Just wash it off when you're getting ready to prepare it.
     
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  5. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    thank you so much! will keep this info in the back of my mind [​IMG]
     
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    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're very welcome!
     

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