Silly Questions, but I dont know the answer

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FarmerFaith81, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. FarmerFaith81

    FarmerFaith81 Out Of The Brooder

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    So growing up I was always told that a chicken lays the egg, and then the rooster " sprays" the egg to fertilize it. Is this how it is truely done? Because recently I have been told that the rooster actually "gets" the hen, and then she lays a fertilized egg. I know my small birds actually have intercourse, so I am confused!!!
     
  2. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    No, the fertilisation happens through mating and the hen lays the egg already fertilised. She can lay fertilised eggs for around 2 weeks from one mating.
     
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    FarmerFaith81 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for clearing up my confusion!
     
  4. JoieD

    JoieD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's funny what parents will do to avoid talking about sex sometimes. My little sister was six years old and a real animal lover. She came screaming and crying from the barn one day "They're cutting their instincts off !!! They're cutting their instincts off !!!!!!!!!' My dad and a few other men were castrating some pigs. She is a vet now and certainly knows better, but she still calls castration cutting their instincts off !
     
  5. FarmerFaith81

    FarmerFaith81 Out Of The Brooder

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    That is awesome!! Thanks for the laugh!!!
     
  6. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen my rooster with my hens doing natures call of procreation but it sure don't look like much is happening to me. [​IMG]
     
  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Really? Geez, your roo must really cover up well. Mine gives a show even with tail and wings spread.

    It was rough at first with a lot of squawking and I told my young kids that the cockerel was trying to love the girls but that he wasn't very good at it yet and that's why they're upset with him. And now that they mostly submit, the kids seem pretty confident that he's loving them nicer now. I told them that he's hoping they'll want to hatch his babies so they have a vague idea that it's all related but haven't yet asked for details. I'd think it would be harder to make up cover stories and try to remember them.
     
  8. FarmerFaith81

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    I was out in the coop today just checking on things, and to my great joy, Henry was putting his ladies in check, its funny when the girls bow down to the groud while he is doing his little dance. I was worried about my little feller since he is a Seabright and the ladies are a larger breed. But he seems tobe doing his job well. =) Im hoping to see them "do" their "thing" I think it would be comical!
     
  9. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Well, apart from sticking my nose down within inches of the target zone to observe the mechanics, I can tell you that when a rooster misses his target, it's a real wet mess. When he's hitting the target, things appear tidy and dry.
     
  10. Lulee61

    Lulee61 New Egg

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    It's so funny our rooster's name is Henry also and he's also a little fellow he's a Golden spangled Hamburg, Our flock is going to be 14 weeks old Monday the the 30th, He been actting like he may be trying a little cause the girls get kind of upset with him some , but I don't know this is my first time haveing or being around chickens so it's all new to me.
     

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