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Old 04-22-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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Chicken lady advice requested

Do you think this is really possible?
The 'miracle chick' born without an egg - Yahoo! News
Yes CW--what do you think?
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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Do you think this is really possible?
The 'miracle chick' born without an egg - Yahoo! News
Yes CW--what do you think?
It wasn't born without an egg. The egg hatched inside the mother hen. Lots of animals have young that way. It's called oviviparous.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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taxlady, I had to look that up. I'd never heard of it before, EVER.
Next time I talk to my son on the organic farm--I will have to ask him if they ever had that happen.
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taxlady, I had to look that up. I'd never heard of it before, EVER.
Next time I talk to my son on the organic farm--I will have to ask him if they ever had that happen.
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I think it's very uncommon in chickens.
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I think it's very uncommon in chickens.
They have a couple hundred chickens and now some goslings, and turkeys, so I'll be wondering about that. They are SO cute, I would have to hold some of them.

Since chickens lay eggs fairly often, it just seems strange that one egg would stay inside--or I wonder if they --the chicken just stopped producing eggs until the chick was born?
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Did they deliver it by C-section?
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Did they deliver it by C-section?
C-section = Chicken section? Must be.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:49 PM   #8
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It wasn't born without an egg. The egg hatched inside the mother hen. Lots of animals have young that way. It's called oviviparous.
I don't think my girls would do that--they get treats for laying eggs every day...can't see them holding on for 21 days to get their favorite treats! Possible, yes, with manipulation, I guess, but, I prefer letting the girls behave in a more natural fashion.
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I'm no expert but I suspect you don't need to train or reward hens to expel their eggs.
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I'm no expert but I suspect you don't need to train or reward hens to expel their eggs.
I do know that one of the things that can kill a hen is if the egg gets stuck and doesn't come out. When I first got the girls, if I was short re: eggs, I was worried one of them was blocked--but of course, I wouldn't be able to tell which one hadn't laid, because I didn't know their eggs at that point. Now I can tell which hens have laid and which ones haven't....the eggs are each unique. Myrtle, btw, is competing with the phantom duck hen--her eggs are HUGE. She's one happy hen...
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