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how did this happen? (with pics)

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Hope this is the right place to post this....

 

This morning I cracked an egg open to find this:

 


The beginning of a chick?  In person, you can clearly see where talons and a beak are forming and it clearly resembles an embryo.  

 

My question is...I've had the same six chickens for three years with NO rooster.  They stay in the coop 99.99% of the time (we had predator issues so we keep them locked up now) so there was also no exposure to a rooster.  

 

Am I totally ignorant in thinking this is strange or can this happen without a rooster?  Maybe I don't understand the whole process, so take it easy on me :idunno

 

Thanks everyone!

post #2 of 5

No, that isn't a chick. Chicks grow in the yolk, starting out as a small fertilized dot in the middle. What you have there is normal.

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1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 40+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 40+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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post #3 of 5
Chicks don't grow in the yolk, the yolk is absorbed by the chick right before it hatches as food.

It's probably a piece of the oviduct, hens occasionally shed the lining or chunks of it. There are lots of post with gross stuff in eggs. A good reason to always crack them in a separate bowl.
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

Chicks don't grow in the yolk, the yolk is absorbed by the chick right before it hatches as food.

It's probably a piece of the oviduct, hens occasionally shed the lining or chunks of it. There are lots of post with gross stuff in eggs. A good reason to always crack them in a separate bowl.


I know that chicks don't grow in the yolk, I meant that that is the place where you would see chick development in the beginning (the fertilized white 'ring'), not on the outside in the white. All worded wrong and easily taken with another meaning, sorry for any misunderstanding. And thanks for clearing that up so nobody gets confused! :)

I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 40+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 40+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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I know that chicks don't grow in the yolk, I meant that that is the place where you would see chick development in the beginning (the fertilized white 'ring'), not on the outside in the white. All worded wrong and easily taken with another meaning, sorry for any misunderstanding. And thanks for clearing that up so nobody gets confused! smile.png
That's what I used to think so I wasn't sure. Thanks for understanding my confusion. 😀
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Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.
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