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Wondering if the eggs are ok to eat.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hangin Wit My Peeps, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    We get our eggs from a farmer who raises chickens but I noticed when I picked up the eggs this last time that a lot of the hens has feathers gone from the back (top of rump area) are the chickens sick? Is that something I should be worried about when eating the eggs?
     
  2. coopist

    coopist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably this is the result of an overzealous rooster mating with the hens. It often happens when there is a low roo to hen ratio--the rooster will knock the feathers out. The farmer may need to give these hens a break. Another possibility is that the hens are going through a molt. Either way, it has nothing to do with the eggs.
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2008
  3. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    Also could be moulting.
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    The hens didn't seem sick in anyway and looked to me like she had put some sort of purple medication on the bare spots? Anyone know what the purple stuff could be? WHen they molt do they lose all their fethers? Or just some? How long before the feathers grown back?
     
  5. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    The purple stuff could have been blu-kote, which helps keep infection out if she had an open spot. That could have been where a Rooster was too rough on her or moulting. Moulting doesnt necessarily mean that they loose all their feathers and it could take a few weeks for new to grow in.

    I bet she is fine, the farmer was just trying to heal any open wound. Most farmers use blu-kote even though it does leave that color. It won't harm her or the eggs.
     

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