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Do chickens poop and lay eggs out of the same hole

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I know it is a stupid question but Do they?

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Yes.

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yes

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from what I have read, and i am no expert by any means,... yes, but the egg tube inverts to allow for the egg to pass, then reverts for poo... basically, the poo and egg do not ever go down the same tube.  ( my interpretation may be off, so i am interested to read what others say about it)

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Originally Posted by twister 

from what I have read, and i am no expert by any means,... yes, but the egg tube inverts to allow for the egg to pass, then reverts for poo... basically, the poo and egg do not ever go down the same tube.  ( my interpretation may be off, so i am interested to read what others say about it)


Yes, that sounds right.  The exit opening is the same, but they come from different routes inside (obviously eggs aren't part of the digestive tract), and only one "route" would be used at a time.  So if an egg ever has poop on it, it happened afterwards.  At least that's MY understanding...

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How true is that? One of our pullets always has poop on her eggs, while eggs are in clean nests and other eggs don't have poop. It feels like the poop got on them while inside the hen.

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How true is that? One of our pullets always has poop on her eggs, while eggs are in clean nests and other eggs don't have poop. It feels like the poop got on them while inside the hen.


I think the poop gets on them while they are straining to lay....

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post #8 of 15

Yep, poop on the eggs happens because they step on them or brush them with dirty feet, or they poop before or after laying. When a chicken is laying, it cannot possibly poop at the same time. smile

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post #9 of 15

Backyard Poultry Magazine had an article on this complete with illustrations.  I don't know if you can find it on line or not.  It is the same hole but not the same tube and when an egg is laid the  poop port is closed off.  I know I am repeating what others have said.....that's cause there are smart folks on here and they didn't need to read an article like I did.  (It's kinda like male anatomy when you think about it....they excrete 2 different substances from the same orifice but not at the same time.)  Glad God rigged both these critters up so both functions could not go on at the same time....just saying.

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(It's kinda like male anatomy when you think about it....they excrete 2 different substances from the same orifice but not at the same time.)  Glad God rigged both these critters up so both functions could not go on at the same time....just saying.


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