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How does a chicken hatch from an egg?

Chicken Hatching

A baby chicken is born from an egg that comes from inside the mother hen.

The chick that is inside the newly laid egg is a tiny cell called a “germ cell”  that will develop into the baby chicken.

If you look closely at the yolk, or yellow part of a hen’s egg, you can see the germ cell as a light-colored, pinhead-sized dot on the top of the yolk.

The hen sits on the egg and keeps it warm.  While she sits, the germ cell divides into other cells that form all the parts of the baby chick.  The  chick grows until it is so big that it fills the whole egg.

When the chick is ready to hatch from the egg, it cracks the shell with its sharp beak and wiggles out.

All baby birds hatch from eggs the same way that the baby chickens come into the world.

Photo courtesy:  lancaster

What are aphids?

Aphids

Aphids are tiny soft-bodied insects that such the juices of plants.

During the summer, you may find the stems and leaves of you garden plants crowded with tiny pear-shaped insects called aphids.  Another name for them is “plant lice.”

Aphids are among the most common insect pests of plants.  The aphid lives only to eat.

Its mouth is shaped into a sharp beak with which the insect pierce the plant’s leaf or stem and greedily sucks up the sap.

Aphids multiply so rapidly that hardly a green plant on earth would not be infested by them if the insects weren’t gobbled up in great numbers by such aphid enemies as ladybird beetles and aphid lions.

While aphids are harmful to plans, they are useful to many ants.

Most aphids produce a sweet liquid called honeydew which some ants love to eat.  By gently storing the aphid’s back with its antennae, the ant coaxes the aphid to give off droplets of honeydew, which are lapped up by the ant. Dick Rogers