Why are some spent shells bloody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Dogginfox, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Dogginfox

    Dogginfox Songster

    Just a quick thought

    Why are some shells from chicks left all bloody and others come out clean?

    I just hatched a batch of chicks last week and all the empty shells were clean and now i have a duckling and they egg is covered in blood and other unidentified substances.

    Anyone care to take a stab at this one?
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I do not know to be honest. Maybe it did not peck the membrane right? I have a few that are bloody
  3. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    When my children were born, one involved a lot of blood, one very little [​IMG]
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Usually the shells should not be too bloody if the chick pecked out and hatched "normally" without intervention. However, some chicks will be a bit quick and break though too early and thus rupture some small veins before they fully adsorb the yolk and the rest of the blood that used to surround the whole chick against the shell. As long as the chick is strong and makes it, it should be fine and not to worry! At least that is the case from my experience.
  5. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    I don't think it's a problem, I wouldn't worry about it. I remember some of the shells from my other batches being bloody as well. As long as the actual chick isn't bleeding, you're good. [​IMG]

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