What came first, the chicken or the egg? Maybe it’s just one of life’s mysteries. What we DO know is that the chick that comes out of the egg is pretty darn cute, and it takes a lot of work to make it all happen!
Why did the chicken cross the road? Chickens get distracted easily, so it probably saw something shiny and decided to go for it, which is one reason why Hens don’t make the best parents in the avian world.
“Modern chickens, it turns out, are not always very effective mothers. Whether it’s genetic or culture, who knows, but they get distracted, other hens oust them from their nest, the rooster comes by…there’s no shortage of things that can go wrong. For this reason, most farmers and backyard chicken enthusiasts don’t trust incubation to their hens, they take it upon themselves to do the brood work instead.” – Modern Farmer
So how does a farmer incubate their chicken’s eggs? Read more about the Do-It-Yourself process here
Did you ever try to hatch an egg your parent bought from the grocery store as a kid? If so, did it work out? No? Maybe you didn’t keep in under a heat lamp or sit on it long enough… If you were lucky your classroom may have had an incubator, and you would have been able to watch real chicks hatch right before your eyes! However, the difference between those classroom eggs and the ones from the grocery store are fertilization. Eggs meant for eating are not fertilized, which means it never would have had a chance to develop into a chick!
Chickens and chicks are neat, and eggs are so good for you! Next time you’re at the grocery store keep an eye out for free-run Vitala Eggs from our EcoDairy farm!