Posts tagged ‘Chicken’

How many eggs does a chicken lay in a year?

A typical egg-laying hen can lay as many as 250 eggs a year.  Egg-laying hens, call pullets, begin laying eggs when they are about five months old.  On a small farm, a chicken might lay eight to ten eggs in a nest and spend three weeks hatching them.

But on a large commercial egg farm, the eggs are taken away as soon as they are laid, and the chicken jus keeps laying.  Chickens produce the most eggs during their first laying year.  After a year or so, they are usually sold as stewing chickens, and the egg farmer buys a new flock of pullets.–Dick Rogers

Why do roosters crow?

Rooster

Roosters crow as a way to attract female chickens, and to tell other roosters.  “This is my territory, sty out!”  And sometimes roosters seem to crow just for the joy of it.

Every morning, right around the time the sun comes up and it starts getting lighter outside, roosters begin crowing .

All that crowing is not really meant to tell anyone the time; once roosters are awake they keep crowing all day.

Other birds wake up at dawn and sing too, and for the same reasons a rooster crows.  It’s just that roosters are much noisier when they wake up.–Dick Rogers

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