Chickens lay eggs and incubate the eggs in a nest. They do not get pregnant. They can lay eggs without mating, but in order for eggs to develop into chicks, they need to mate with a rooster. The mating process is simple and requires only that the birds briefly press their cloacas together in order for the rooster to transfer sperm to the female.Continue Reading
Chickens lay one egg every 25 hours. If the eggs are not collected, the hen lays the eggs in a nest and becomes broody. A broody hen stops laying eggs and instead spends most of her time sitting on the eggs, keeping them warm. She turns the eggs several times a day and keeps them at a constant temperature. If the hen mated with a rooster, the eggs hatch after 21 days of incubation. Chickens attempt to brood unfertilized eggs if the eggs are not collected.
In many commercial hatcheries, the fertilized eggs are collected and artificially incubated. Collecting the eggs induces the chicken to keep laying more eggs, thus maximizing the productivity of the operation. In an artificial incubation setting, the eggs need to be turned regularly and kept at a constant temperature and humidity until the eggs hatch.Learn more about Chickens
A group of chickens is called a brood. You can also refer to a group of chickens as a flock, the general term used to describe a group of birds.Full Answer >
Examples of different types of chicken-themed stock photos include pictures of cooked and uncooked chicken meat, cartoons of chickens, and real chickens. Additional types of chicken-related stock photos are photos of chicken eggs and logos with the word "chicken" in them.Full Answer >
Most baby chickens do cost a small amount of money, but try contacting your local poultry association about possible free chicks in your area. Check classified advertising sites, such as Craigslist.org, and bulletin boards at your local feed stores as well.Full Answer >
Chickens do not have teeth, but studies have shown that chickens have the genes required to grow teeth. Evolution is likely to be the cause behind chicken's inability to activate tooth development during growth.Full Answer >