Prof. Russo

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lawrence russo, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. lawrence russo

    lawrence russo New Egg

    Dec 2, 2015
    I'm a biology professor and have often wondered. What initiates egg laying in hens? Don't they have to be fertilized first for viable or unviable eggs to form? The shells must form AFTER fertilization as sperm cannot penetrate.If not, how is it possible for unfertilized hens to lay eggs w/ hard shells?
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm an Earth Science major, not a biology major, but I have taught high school biology before. X2 on Yorkshire coop's answer to your question. :eek:) Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  5. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  6. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 7, 2013
    Welcome To BYC! Please make yourself comfortable. Ask any questions you may and we'll do our best to answer them.

    I'm a high school senior and hope to go into the veterinarian medicine area. Day light, nutrition, and water effect egg laying. Longer daylight the more a hen will lay. If she doesn't have what she needs for nutrients her ovary will stop making follicles and then you don't get any eggs. Chickens need the protein for the energy to lay and that energy also goes into the egg along with other nutrients. Chickens also need calcium to form a shell on the egg. Without enough calcium the hen will start eating feathers to try and get calcium or her body can take it from her bones or her eggs won't have a shell to them and will only have the shell membrane. Water to keep the hen hydrated and keeps the body lubricated to allow the egg passage without much damage done to the wall of the oviduct or vent. A hen doesn't need to be bred by a rooster to lay an egg. Fertilization happens before the albumen forms around the yolk. If I remember a hen's anatomy from start to finish you have the ovary,the oviduct (which consists of the infundibulum, magnum, isthmus, and uterus/shell gland), and then the vent. The ovary contains all of the ovas/eggs where each cell will develop and a follicle will produce and then burst releasing the yolk. The Infundibulum is like a catcher's glove, catching the yolk and also where fertilization takes place. The yolk goes down the Magnum which is where the albumen is added. Then is the isthmus where the shell membrane is forms. Then it passes to the uterus/shell gland where the shell forms and then it exits the hen through the vent.
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  7. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Chickens are quite able to produce eggs without a rooster, albeit non-fertile eggs.
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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