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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:42 PM

www.bbc.co.uk said:

A Sri Lanka hen has given birth to a chick without an egg, in a new twist on the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first.

Instead of passing out of the hen's body and being incubated outside, the egg was incubated in the hen for 21 days and then hatched inside the hen.

The chick is fully formed and healthy, although the mother has died.

The government veterinary officer in the area said he had never seen anything like it before.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:47 PM

i thought chicks eat the white from inside eggs, did the mother die from the birthing or from the chick pecking. poor hen

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:52 PM

Wow, that is amazing. Glad the little guy made it.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:54 PM

View PostArmchair Educated, on 19 April 2012 - 02:47 PM, said:

did the mother die from the birthing or from the chick pecking.
Both maybe, it just says -

A post-mortem conducted on the hen's body concluded that it died of internal wounds

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:55 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 19 April 2012 - 02:54 PM, said:

Both maybe, it just says -

A post-mortem conducted on the hen's body concluded that it died of internal wounds

          She may have died but she indeed gave life. This is a good thing.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:19 PM

Ya, that's why we know now they have the egg on the outside..that's like a human female dying from carrying a baby via tubal pregnancy or something and dying from internal wounds that way..though on rare occasions some females do survive tubal pregnancies, but it is rare. Either they die or they have to get an abortion or they spon. abort. Beautiful baby chick thou sorry the hen had to suffer.


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Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:18 PM

An eggless chick? Everybody make a note of which one came first; hopefully we can avoid any future debate.

Too many people on both sides of the spectrum have fallen into this mentality that a full one half of the country are the enemy for having different beliefs...in a country based on freedom of expression. It is this infighting that allows the focus to be taken away from "we the people" being able to watch, and have control over government corruption and ineptitude that is running rampant in our leadership.

People should be working towards fixing problems, not creating them.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:16 PM

They need to carefully breed this chicken so that they can start a new type of chicken that gives birth to live young! Will it become a mammal then?

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:46 AM

View Postbulveye, on 19 April 2012 - 08:16 PM, said:

They need to carefully breed this chicken so that they can start a new type of chicken that gives birth to live young! Will it become a mammal then?


Not very practical if the mother dies every time she lays an egg. =/


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:05 PM

I don't think it would count as a mammal, bulveye. Even if it could give live birth, it still doesn't have mammary glands to feed its young with, nor does it have hair. As for the three middle ear bones, I have no clue whether chickens possess them or not.


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:17 PM

hmm, if theres mammals that reproduce by laying eggs, i don't think a bird that reproduces by giving birth to live young sounds so strange to me.


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 02:21 PM

No way to prove or disprove the validity of this story.  Seems like just another tall tale to me.


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 02:49 PM

animals evolves, get over it


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:18 PM

You think this has something to do with chickens evolving?  LOL!  duh?


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:31 PM

Wouldn't there have been signs something was wrong with the mother hen ? I don't see how she could have laid any eggs during that time because this egg was blocking any others from passing it. I mean, if you had a chicken that had not laid an egg in 21 days, wouldn't that be a red flag ?





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