Chicken Gives Birth to Live Chick, Not Egg
2012-04-19 0:00


A Sri Lanka hen has given birth to a chick without an egg, in a new twist on the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first.

Instead of passing out of the henís body and being incubated outside, the egg was incubated in the hen for 21 days and then hatched inside the hen.

The chick is fully formed and healthy, although the mother has died.

The government veterinary officer in the area said he had never seen anything like it before.

The "eggless" chick has survived, but the mother has died.

PR Yapa, the chief veterinary officer of Welimada, where it took place, examined the henís carcass.

He found that the fertilised egg had developed within the henís reproductive system, but stayed inside the henís body until it hatched.

A post-mortem conducted on the henís body concluded that it died of internal wounds.

The BBCís Charles Haviland in Colombo says that the story has made headlines in Sri Lanka, with the Sri Lankan Daily Mirrorís concluding: "The chicken came first; not the egg."

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