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chicken and egg situation...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Maz, 3 Apr 2008.

  1. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Guy in our office is getting an eggloo (henhouse for the back garden). I asked him:

    - if the eggs weren't harvested and were kept incubated they'd turn into chicks, right?
    - No, you numpty! Don't you know about the birds and the bees, maz?
    - Yeah course I do, but i thought the rumpy-pumpy took place before the egg was laid! :rolleyes:

    A few others in the office thought the same way as me.
    Mind you, he's from Norwich. Not like us city types.

    Own up, who else thought this?




    (only me then...:biggrin:)
     
  2. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    I knew hens could produce sterile eggs. I only discovered a while back that this is because they ovulate every day, cock or no cock and the resultant ovum will always form an egg. So for an egg to have a chick in it, yes, they hen and cock have to get it together before the egg is laid, but it will be laid anyway, whether they do or not...
     
  3. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Blimey imagine if women had babies everyday. What a horrible thought.:rolleyes:
     
  4. ransos

    ransos Usual suspect

    Hybrid hens like those that come with the eglu produce up to 300 eggs a year, whereas pure breeds produce about 200. The jungle fowl they originate from only produce about 20 eggs a year, so it just goes to show what an effect centuries of selective breeding have had. The downside is that domesticated hens have a much shorter lifespan than jungle fowl.

    p.s. Maz don't worry, plenty of people have asked the same question about my hens!
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Maz

    Maz Guru

    You mean a period every day, right? That's how women get rid of their unfertilised eggs.

    Perish the thought!
     
  6. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Well sort of, yes. Only where we ladies have stomach cramps and blood, hens have an egg. I think I might put up with things the way they are rather than lay an egg every day...
    :smile:
     
  7. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    I wish I hadn't started this train of thought nowxx(
     
  8. EmGee DK

    EmGee DK New Member

    Location:
    127.0.0.1
    Been there and done that mate... unfortunately I was the only unaware of the erotic life of hens... I still cant say anything egg-related at work without people giggling .... :smile: stupid hens!
     
  9. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    I remember telling someone they was eating chicken periods for breakfast, they nearly threw up, it was so funny at the time

    I even think he had a hangover too
     
  10. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    And I thought dropping a log every day was bad enough! :ohmy: :smile:

    Making an omelette once, I cracked an egg, and inside was a chick's foetus! :biggrin:
    And in Cambodia, it's a delicacy to eat duck foetuses (sp?); needless to say I declined the offer!
     
  11. Gromit

    Gromit Über Member

    Location:
    York
    Hens have been known to change sex. :smile:
     
  12. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Why? In an attempt to avoid being spit-roasted! :smile:
     
  13. great crested grebes look the same, no matter the sex. this can lead to confusion and might explain the elaborate courting and greeting ritual (i've been watching them waggle heads most of the afternoon)

    ... however this doesn't explain why the female sometimes mounts the male!