July 30, 2012
Will There Be a Chick in My Scrambled Eggs?
Have you ever cracked an egg and found a half developed chick? Shudder. It ranks right up there with cleaning up an overflowing toilet, doesn't it?
So here's a little Egg Production 101
Chickens produce eggs just like the human female body produces eggs when she ovulates. Like the human eggs, chicken eggs will not produce a baby (chick) without fertilization. They will remain eggs unless fertilized by a rooster. It's a simple equation.
No rooster = no baby chicks.
It's also a great segue into THE talk with kids. I actually loved taking the "nature" approach with that conversation.
If you are purchasing eggs from your local farmer, it's worth asking if their roosters have access to the hens. At least you will know what to expect when you crack open your farm fresh eggs.
We do not have roosters with our hens, so if you are purchasing eggs from us, the answer will be, "you never have to worry about finding a chick in your scrambled eggs."