Q: I found one of my eggs this morning with some blood on it. I was wondering if the chicken who laid it might have some sort of disease or sickness? Could you give me some advice? — Insook Cheon, Gardiner, N.Y.
A: Great question, Insook. Blood on an eggshell is usually of no concern: It’s often the result of a small blood vessel rupturing as the hen lays the egg. It’s common in pullets during their first laying cycle or if it’s an unusually large or perhaps double-yolked egg. This should only occur occasionally, but if it continues, try to identify the hen laying the eggs and examine her vent for sores or signs of injury. If there is an open wound, isolate her from the flock to prevent the other chickens from pecking at the open sore and preventing it from healing. Also, dehydration and poor feeding can lead to increased frequency of bloody eggshells. Make sure she has plenty of feed and fresh water while she’s recuperating, and it should clear up within a few days.If you continue to notice a large amount of blood in the nesting boxes or if the problem seems to be coming from more than one hen, the trouble could be symptomatic of a more serious illness … and a call to a local veterinarian knowledgeable in poultry advisable.
I hope your problem resolves shortly and you continue to enjoy those wonderful farm-fresh eggs!
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