One Hole for All

I have some pretty interesting conversations with people about chickens.

Not too long ago, I was asked why I didn’t have a rooster. My answer – hens ovulate without any help from a rooster, just like women ovulate without a man. If babies are the goal you need a man. Hens can actually store sperm for a period of time, so if the rooster is out of commission, they can still produce babies.

Eggs come out of the same hole in the back of the chicken that the poop does –  it’s called a vent. Fortunately, nature has made sure the two don’t mix by giving the egg its own chute down to the vent. I, for one, am grateful for that. So if you have a dirty egg, it’s because the nest box was in need of cleaning.

Another thing I’ve been queried on – what’s the white part of the poop. Birds poop and pee together in one glop. The white part is the pee that comes out as a paste. Aren’t you glad you asked?

Any more questions out there?

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