I want to preface this by saying Im a total newbie, so that means you cant laugh! This is so embarrassing but how do chickens do it? The question was implanted(no pun intended) in my brain by an argument my friend and I had about whether you needed a rooster to get hens to lay. I tried to figure it out by reading the book I had and it said the hens are born with up to 2000 dormant eggs in them. But theyll only hatch if theres a rooster around. Do they hop up and do it chicken style? Dont laugh! I really want to know! My uncle said he had no idea and also said my grandfather didnt either; and both of them were fulltime farmers. So if anybody could settle the argument for me it would be greatly appreciated.