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Chicken fertilization

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chessiechicken, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. Chessiechicken

    Chessiechicken In the Brooder

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    Can someone send me pictures or explain chicken fertilization to me thanks[​IMG]
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    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.
     
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  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  4. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster 5 Years

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  5. Chessiechicken

    Chessiechicken In the Brooder

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    thank you. that helps but could you explain to me how the sperm travel through the hen to fertilize the egg?
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    Welcome to BYC - great link from Fred's Hens.
     
  8. Chessiechicken

    Chessiechicken In the Brooder

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    Thank you
     
  9. Chessiechicken

    Chessiechicken In the Brooder

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    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.
     
  10. Chessiechicken

    Chessiechicken In the Brooder

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    Good info and pictures! thanks!
     

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