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Name: penny
Status: other
Age: other
Location: PA
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Date: 7/12/2005


Question:
my mother and i have a bet going on. when a chicken lays an egg, is the shell soft when it comes out , or is it already hard? I say that the shell is soft and that it hardens as the air hits it. Mom says that it is already hard as it comes out. Who is right?


Replies:
Mom wins!

I grew up on a farm...for chickens the shell is already hard as the hen is laying the egg. Perhaps in other bird species this might be true. Occasionally an egg is layed without a shell at all! In most turtles and snakes the eggs are never hard.

Lou Harnisch


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