been wondering

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jimz1, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was talking to a guy at work about eggs. and he asked me a question I can't answer, so maybe someone can.
    If chickens lay eggs every day or every other day or third day, why don't other birds lay that often?
     
  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It just is in their biological make up and behavior.
     
  3. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    They're bred to do so.
     
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Many centuries of selective breeding.
     
  5. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the answers, but it's not enough. I need more!
     
  6. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

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    My Doves do. I've got 2 female Doves and if they're not egging they're nesting. Between the 2 of them they lay an egg every 2-3 days. Doves supposedly only lay 2 eggs each day every 2 wks. I think mine are trying to keep up with the chickens.
     
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  7. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is the difference between birds that have to work their rears off to raise their babies, because they are born bald and pink and helpless, and a bird that can raise them underfoot in any old weather, because they are born feathered, mobile, and can peck and slurp water as soon as they are upright. If you were a robin and had to starve yourself for a couple of months to feed helpless little pink beans, would you lay all the time? [​IMG]
     
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Some domesticated birds do lay a lot more often than their "wild" counterparts. Chickens are probably the champions though.

    Chickens have been domesticated. Their "wild" laying pattern is to lay every day or so until they have laid enough eggs to hatch and raise a brood. By selective breeding, they have beed developed into something that lays a lot more without going broody and trying to hatch them.

    Selective breeding is the correct answer. Comparing the domesticated chicken to a wild songbird is a lot like comparing a domesticated dog to a wolf. We have altered their behavior.
     

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