how did this happen? (with pics)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hatchies, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. hatchies

    hatchies Out Of The Brooder

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    Hope this is the right place to post this....

    This morning I cracked an egg open to find this:
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    The beginning of a chick? In person, you can clearly see where talons and a beak are forming and it clearly resembles an embryo.

    My question is...I've had the same six chickens for three years with NO rooster. They stay in the coop 99.99% of the time (we had predator issues so we keep them locked up now) so there was also no exposure to a rooster.

    Am I totally ignorant in thinking this is strange or can this happen without a rooster? Maybe I don't understand the whole process, so take it easy on me [​IMG]

    Thanks everyone!
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    No, that isn't a chick. Chicks grow in the yolk, starting out as a small fertilized dot in the middle. What you have there is normal.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Chicks don't grow in the yolk, the yolk is absorbed by the chick right before it hatches as food.

    It's probably a piece of the oviduct, hens occasionally shed the lining or chunks of it. There are lots of post with gross stuff in eggs. A good reason to always crack them in a separate bowl.
     
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    I know that chicks don't grow in the yolk, I meant that that is the place where you would see chick development in the beginning (the fertilized white 'ring'), not on the outside in the white. All worded wrong and easily taken with another meaning, sorry for any misunderstanding. And thanks for clearing that up so nobody gets confused! [​IMG]
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    That's what I used to think so I wasn't sure. Thanks for understanding my confusion. [​IMG]
     

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