Soft egg, dribble of blood - any advice

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tamz08, May 5, 2011.

  1. tamz08

    tamz08 Out Of The Brooder

    Hi I went to put the girls away last night in their run after a lovely day of free ranging and one was acting a little strange, would not come in, ignoring me. As she turned to walk away I noticed a little dribble of blood and as I proceeded to look further out popped an egg with a soft shell. After that she seemed happy to go in. I am familiar with soft shelled eggs but have never seen an egg being laid, soft or hard shelled so I dont know if this dribble of blood is normal. Any advice please? Thank You
     
  2. JonBoyWhat

    JonBoyWhat Out Of The Brooder

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    How old is your chicken? What breed?
     
  3. tamz08

    tamz08 Out Of The Brooder

    She is a blacktail and roughly about 1½ yrs
     
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  5. BANTAMWYANDOTTE

    BANTAMWYANDOTTE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six Red Sexlink hens and A Japenese/Dutch Bantam mix hen that have all done this. However it was during their first "egg-year" or right after broodiness. From what I understand a hens reproductive organs work similiar to a human woman. During the laying process she must strian and push like a human does during birth. This is likely the case here. The hen had proably tried to lay that morning and could not push it out and in an attempt to run from you she jarred it loose, so to say. A spot of blood or two is nothing to worry about as long as the hen is laying. In non-laying hens or roosters it would be a sign of a more serious problem. I would watch her closely and pay attention to any signs that point towards illness (which I think is not likley because a hen that lays is usually healthy) In my experiance the best advice I can give you is watch for these signs and treat appropiatley!

    Signs to watch for:
    Loose stools (watery or green)
    Stopping of egg production
    Labored Breathing
    Lathargia (not wanting to walk or staggering)
    Pale or Pink Comb and/or Wattles

    If any of these signs occur then let me know and I'll see if I can help! I hope this put you at ease because like I said, I don't think this hen is sick. She is laying eggs and she strianed to hard and passed some blood. I truly believe it is that simple of a problem. Just keep an eye on her and let me know if you need any more advice on what medicines to give her if she has any of these symptoms......



    As Always

    Happy to Help

    Timothy from KY! [​IMG]
     
  6. tamz08

    tamz08 Out Of The Brooder

    Timothy, thank you.
    Yeah looking at all the evidence and information I have sourced I think she'll be OK. I have had sick hens in the past and know which signs to watch for. She is showing none of these and this morning when I let them out was as hungry and active as ever. I will let you know if anything developes. Maybe I'm being a little over protective, I had a hen put down last week as she had a broken egg inside her and was suffering. Just so worried as they say things come in three's! Thank you again for your help. Tamz
     

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