Really COOL Picture of YOLK stages during formation

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aria122, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. aria122

    aria122 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2011
    Davis, CA
    I had a laying hen than had to go...

    It made me sad to cull a chicken that was laying, on the positive side, I got to see, for the first time the assembly line of yolks and forming egg that were being prepared inside the hen!

    Seeing it in real life was fascinating!

    The first (largest yolk on picture) was wrapped in it's white and paper thin shell that broke as I took it out. The rest were lodged in the center/back/ upper part of the rib cadge.

    The smaller the yolk the more webs of arteries covered the outer-membrane, only the largest blood-free yolk was wrapped in white and was covered in a paper thin shell.

    I've taken a picture with my computer camera.. not great on the quality.. but I still wanted to share.


    Hope you will enjoy it as I did...
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2011
  2. olliecatch

    olliecatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2010
    Olympia, Washington
    WOW!!!! That is awesome. I didnt realize that it was almost like a production line. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Thanks for sharing. Sorry about the mites though.
  3. StacyK

    StacyK Out Of The Brooder

    May 20, 2009
    Sumner, WA
    Yes, sad...but thanks so much for sharing what you found. Very interesting!!
  4. classicsredone

    classicsredone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2011
    Sacramento County, CA
    Sorry for your loss. It is really interesting to see, though.
  5. gek600

    gek600 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 1, 2010
    Ellicott City
    Sorry you had to do that, however that is REALLY interesting to see!
  6. aria122

    aria122 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 2, 2011
    Davis, CA
    Yeah, I had read about the egg assembly process in a book when I was a kid. Totally different to see it in real life though.

    The one thing that surprised me was how many really small yolks were already being prepared. There were already enough little yolks growing to lay over a whole month!
  7. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Sorry about the mites [​IMG]

    Really interesting photo though.

  8. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    I truly am sorry, however I think that is one of the most interesting posts I have seen...Thanks for sharing.
  9. hazen

    hazen Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 6, 2011
    wow.....very interesting.....
  10. ChickyLaura

    ChickyLaura The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Mar 31, 2009
    Eastern/Central PA
    Wow, that's really cool!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

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