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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chessiechicken, Sep 9, 2013.
Can someone send me pictures or explain chicken fertilization to me thanks
If you've seen a hen squat into breeding position you may have noticed that she'll tip her rear end upward. This "presents" her vent as a target. The rooster mounts her and dips his rear end downward toward the waiting vent of the hen. He drops the sperm and she accepts it. This all happens very, very quickly.
After a dismount and a shaking of the feathers, they go on their way.
The hen, however, chooses whether she wishes to excrete the sperm, thus rejecting the mating. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. The hen will position as if she's about to poop, but she'll express the sperm onto the ground. If she shakes and walks away, she's keeping it and it will be available to her in fertilizing the next 12-15 eggs.
Welcome to BYC!
thank you. that helps but could you explain to me how the sperm travel through the hen to fertilize the egg?
I assume you may be doing a paper or report for some kind of school project?
Anyhow, this link will provide a wealth of information, far more than can be disseminated through a dialog here.
Welcome to BYC - great link from Fred's Hens.
I am doing a school project but I've raised chickens since age 8.
I never bred my chickens as we couldn't have a rooster.
Good info and pictures! thanks!