Chicken Anatomy Q: Where do eggs come from ??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HenNewbie, May 12, 2009.

  1. HenNewbie

    HenNewbie Out Of The Brooder

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    My DH has informed me that the eggs and poo come from the same place...... ! I am pretty sure that can't be true. His concern is the eggs may have poo on them and will need to be washed. I've read here about not 'needing' to wash eggs, but that you may want to 'if' they have poo on them. Please help educate us on this topic as we are soooo very new to this raising chickens world.
     
  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The reproductive tract and the excretory tract fuse at their ends and exit from the same opening. So yes, poo and eggs come out the same place. lol. Shells are easy to clean, so don't worry.

    ETA: we never wash our eggs unless they're really gross. The eggs are protected by the "bloom," a thin membrane on the shell, which prevents bacteria from entering the pores on the eggs.
     
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  3. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

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    Although they don't originate in the same place, ultimately both poo and eggs come out of the same place - the vent. Some eggs will get poo on them. Most of mine don't.
     
  4. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

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    I must have been typing at the same time as MoodyChicken - who answered your question more eloquently than I!
     
  5. HenNewbie

    HenNewbie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I think? I guess my DH wins on this one! Oh well I'm sure the eggs will be worth it !!
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If they roost in the nests, yep, there will be poop on your eggs. Usually, mine are clean, but sometimes in high production older hens, the cloaca becomes "loose" and you get a wad of poop on that hen's egg. I have one Buff Orp who almost always lays an egg with a poop wad on it, LOL. The egg channel closes off when they poop and vice versa, or it's supposed to.
     
  7. LovinMyHensInNC!

    LovinMyHensInNC! Chillin' With My Peeps

    My hen's eggs seem to always come out clean but will get dirty from their feet when entering and leaving the nest.
     
  8. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Pick up your chicken calmly, hands covering the wings and place its head between your left arm and your body facing to the rear. Now bring your left hand under to grasp its feet.

    Now with your right hand reach over and spread its feathers away from its rear end. There, for your examination, is the vent.

    You should examine this area occasionaly, as it is the business end of the hen and so, rather important. Check for pliability of the surrounding flesh and to see that that pubic bones are well spread - you should be able to get 2-3 fingers well pressed in between them.

    And yes, both egg and poo come from the same orifice.

    May I suggest that you obtain, at the earliest convenience, a good book on chicken rearing? There is no substitute for a decent reference, close to hand.
     
  9. 2dream

    2dream Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your question seems to have been answered but since washing eggs came up I will throw in my .02ยข worth. The bloom refered to starts to deteriorate after 10 days. So dirty eggs should be washed if not used before those 10 days go by. Once eggs are washed if they are not going to be used immediately they should be coated with lard or shortening and refrigerated.
     
  10. hnelbach1

    hnelbach1 New Egg

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    This is gross. I wasn't aware of this. [​IMG]
     

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