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Hen lays healthy 'eggless' chick

Posted on Friday, 20 April, 2012 | Comment icon 28 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Which came first, the chicken or the egg ? One hen has turned the age-old question on its head.

Vetinary officials were shocked when they were called to examine a hen that had given birth to a healthy, live chick. Instead of being laid in an egg and incubated outside the hen, the chick was incubated inside the mother before being born outside of its egg. Unfortunately the hen later died of internal injuries, but the chick continues to thrive and seems otherwise perfectly normal.

"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."

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Comment icon #19 Posted by ROGER on 20 April, 2012, 18:02
But the chick needs air to survive. If it is in the egg outside the chicken it receives air through its shell. Inside the chicken there is no source of oxygen. The chicken and chick are not connected by am umbilical cord so it cannot receive a source of oxygen through the mother's blood supply. It would suffocate in there. I'm going to guess and say the egg was at the hole where the egg comes out, but was stuck. So there was still enough egg surface protruding to allow air to pass through the shell. The shell allows air to pass by the process of OSMOSIS.
Comment icon #20 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 20 April, 2012, 21:57
maybe as the egg formed so did the chick, hence the egg is laid you have instant chicken ?.
Comment icon #21 Posted by ZaraKitty on 21 April, 2012, 0:01
Poor hen, with shattered egg inside her.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Framling on 21 April, 2012, 3:53
This thread is making me hungry for some chicken tenders. Is that young survivor ready to chow down on yet?
Comment icon #23 Posted by Mistydawn on 21 April, 2012, 12:09
I'm going to guess and say the egg was at the hole where the egg comes out, but was stuck. So there was still enough egg surface protruding to allow air to pass through the shell. The shell allows air to pass by the process of OSMOSIS. I have to agree, your assumption has got to be the best theory yet.
Comment icon #24 Posted by csspwns on 22 April, 2012, 0:52
the egg was in the hen and broke when the chick came out
Comment icon #25 Posted by Darkwind on 22 April, 2012, 8:59
Poor thing was egg bound. An awful way for a bird to die. I had a female cockatial that would get egg bound. I used to put her in warm water and let her soak her bottom, You could tell it felt good to her and she would lay her egg soon after. The farmer is not a very good one not to take care of his hen.
Comment icon #26 Posted by ROGER on 23 April, 2012, 3:22
Poor thing was egg bound. An awful way for a bird to die. I had a female cockatial that would get egg bound. I used to put her in warm water and let her soak her bottom, You could tell it felt good to her and she would lay her egg soon after. The farmer is not a very good one not to take care of his hen. I learn some thing new every day! Raising Chickens For Dummies: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-treat-egg-binding-in-chickens.html
Comment icon #27 Posted by Dis Pater on 23 April, 2012, 6:02
Does this impact on easter eggs ? -an easter without eggs just isnt easter
Comment icon #28 Posted by Erudite Celt on 27 May, 2012, 3:21
I cracked an egg for a fry-up a few days ago and it contained a double yolk! It got me thinking,can a egg produce two chicks? Anyone know if this is possible?


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