Solve a problem for non-chicken peeps!

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Solve a problem for non-chicken peeps!
« on: April 23, 2012, 20:59 »
As non-chicken people we are having a discussion and need some clarification, so I thought you kind folk might be able to help.a) Given that hens lay automatically once they are mature enough, do they stop laying once they lay a fertilised egg? b)Do they lay a whole clutch of fertilised eggs in one go or does each egg have to be fertilised individually? C) Does the hen know which eggs are fertilised at the point of lay or do they try to sit on them all?



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Re: Solve a problem for non-chicken peeps!
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2012, 21:06 »
a)  No, they need to lay a whole clutch and then the stop laying to sit on them.

b)  Yes - No, they do not have to be fertilised individually.  The hen retains sperm for further eggs.

c)  No, she doesn't know which are fertilised and sits on them all.  She will know later on though and may kick infertile eggs out of the nest.
« Last Edit: April 23, 2012, 21:09 by Aunt Sally »
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Re: Solve a problem for non-chicken peeps!
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 13:10 »
Thanks Aunty, that helps a lot! Puts a stop to the arguments - I knew I could always rely on the forum!



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Re: Solve a problem for non-chicken peeps!
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 13:47 »
This answers my questions too :-)

thank you peeps!

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