Two abnormal eggs - should I be worried?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by amysflock, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. amysflock

    amysflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This week I got two eggs that were unusual...one Easter Egger egg (green) had a cloudy egg white (didn't smell bad or anything, just not clear like normal), and last night I collected a brown egg from one of my other girls that had some dried blood on the shell.

    I checked in my Chicken Health Handbook and a bit on the net today, but don't see anything about cloudy whites.

    I can see where maybe an injury or something could cause a bit of blood to appear on a shell...do I need to worry about this?

    Thanks for any info you all have!
     
  2. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is normal for a fresh egg to have a cloudy white due to dissolved carbon dioxide. It will clear as the egg ages, so don't worry about that. I don't know anything about blood on eggs, but I understand that it does happen with young birds starting to lay.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    A cloudy white is a sign of a very fresh egg. It is carbon dioxide trapped in the egg that hasn't had a chance to escape through the shell as a gas exchange. You can't get better eggs!

    Blood on a shell - well - it is from passing that large egg through a small opening. It happens. If you notice it reguarly or it gets worse turn up some hen bottoms and see if there is a problem developing.
     

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