Monday, October 25, 2010

Would you like some egg with your blood?

Our Barred Rock's bloody egg - sorry for the blurry picture

Sorry for the macabre title (and picture), but this is what awaited us this evening in the nest box. Charlotte's 19th egg, covered in an amount of blood that I just don't think is normal (the egg itself was usual size - not extraordinarily huge, or even big for that matter). Her egg yesterday had a slight smear of blood on it, but it didn't really phase me. Today, however, I turn to you, my peeps. Perhaps your experience will put my mind at ease? She was still walking around and eating like normal, but we weren't able to really investigate her backside as it was just too dark. We plan on checking it out first thing in the morning. So - is this something to be concerned about or should we just let it go? Thanks! -Carrie


  1. Hi Carrie,
    I wouldn't be too concerned at this point. I have approximately 40 free range chickens and I would say I get bloody eggs every few weeks or so. Although normally just a few specks of blood, I have had eggs with this degree of blood before. I think as along as she is happy and eating and doing all the normal chicken stuff, I would just ride it out. I haven't had any issues with any of my hens yet.

  2. What Pigs Don't KnowOctober 25, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Kelly -
    Thank you for your quick response. This does make me feel better. We will still check her out in the morning, and hopefully we won't find anything troublesome. Thanks again! Phew! -Carrie