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How does the rooster fertilize the egg if there is a shell on it?

When a rooster mates with the hens, his sperm make their way to the hens’ oviducts. The eggs are fertilized by the sperm in the oviducts before albumen and shells are formed. Thus, you get fertilized eggs. Broody hens will lay a clutch of a dozen fertile eggs or more during a two-week period, laying one egg per day, and then starts incubating them for about 21 days for these little bundles of joy to hatch! Watch these amazing chicken egg hatching video clips:  

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Do chickens have sex to lay eggs? How do chickens mate?

Chickens actually have sex or mate just like other animals do, but not necessarily to lay eggs. This is because once a hen reaches maturity at about 6 months of age, lighting conditions trigger hormones to start the egg laying cycle. She can lay eggs without mating with a male. Egg laying is spurred by hormones, hormones are triggered by environmental factors. If you remove the environmental triggers, you can stop the egg laying. If you hope to add more chicks to your flock, however, you will […]

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