How do chicken eggs not crack inside their body?

This is a fascinating question that can come up in any human mind. Considering the fact that an egg is enclosed in a shell that is easily broken by us, how can it not break inside the hen? What is the mystery behind this phenomenon and why do we not see this in day to day life? Let’s discuss!

Well, as crazy as it may sound, eggs can actually break inside the hen. Yes, there is a possibility for this to happen, but, fortunately, it’s scarce. The reason behind it is that eggs are actually pretty solid, even when strong forces are applied over their entire shell.

Let’s consider a practical example to understand this concept.

Take an egg and wrap your whole hand around it. Try to make as much surface contact as possible. Once, you have a strong grip, try breaking it. Apply as much force as you can. You will find it pretty difficult to break the egg by squeezing it.

But, if you take the same egg, and pinch it between two fingertips, it will break with a lot more ease. Because, this time, the force will be concentrated on a smaller area of the eggshell.

Similarly, imagine poking an egg with the point of a sharpened pencil. It would pierce through pretty easily, right? On the other hand, imagine pushing an egg onto a soft clay ball. This clay ball will take a lot more pressure to break it.

Let’s just consider the soft clay ball or your hand as the inside of a hen. When the egg is being pushed, the force is applied evenly from all directions—same scenario as your hand or the clay ball. When the force is diffused in all directions, it makes the eggshell very hard to break. This is why we don’t see cases of cracking inside the hen.

If you have more questions regarding the science behind eggs and how they are laid, you should consider checking out the following products:

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The Chicken Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Reference
Egg Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
The Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens: How to Raise a Happy Backyard Flock

 

The Chicken Encyclopedia

With this encyclopedia, Gail Damerow has set a certain standard of poultry books. This encyclopedia has more than 300 pages, and every page is filled with solutions to your poultry problems. From facts to pictorial illustration, this one has it all.

This is a perfect book for anyone who likes to read and learn about chickens. Even people with little or no knowledge of poultry will find this book game-changing.

You can call this book your chicken guide or your poultry dictionary. Arranged in alphabetical order, this book increases the readability of the readers by improving their focus.

Egg Science and Technology

This book is particularly special for those who like to learn about eggs.  It contains all the essential details on egg sciences. From how it is formed to how it is used, you will find everything in this guide.

This book is a perfect gift for anyone who works in the egg industry. It reveals all the secrets of how to handle, pack, improvise, and merchandise an egg business. Not only that, but this book also covers the topics of egg chemistry. If you like eggs and science, then you will most certainly enjoy this book.

The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens

If you are new in the business of poultry or looking for raising chickens in your backyard, then this book is definitely the right pick for you. It will work as your guide to teach you how to survive through the ups and downs of the market. Along with that, it will help you raise a flock efficiently.

It will give you an in-depth knowledge of how to raise a flock, which breed to invest in, how to take care of your chickens, and pretty much everything else.

It is based on three portions, all dealing with different topics. The first topic guides you through building a perfect home for your chickens. Second is from chicken to eggs; this one will help you in handling eggs. And last but not least,will teach you how to speak like a bird. This chapter will help you in communicating with your flock. All in all, it is definitely a great piece to hold on to.