Who Needs a Science Class…

Developing eggs found in hen while butchering.

….when you dissect animals every day?  Well, on the farm it’s called butchering. 

This morning, Jonathan was out preparing a hen for stewing and he found this collection of eggs developing inside.  Pretty clear to see how the eggs develop!  You see the yolk is first developed, then encased in a shell before laying.  Fertilization would take place before the shell forms if a rooster is in the area.  When there’s fertilization, a chick can be born.  When no fertilization, just an egg for eating.  If you eat the eggs right away, the chick doesn’t develop anyway.

You can have the boring  science lab in a building of cinder blocks and fluorescent lights, dissecting smelly frogs shipped in buckets.  Farm kids do far cooler things…and then get to eat the animals when they’re done.  In the schools, they pretend that science offers kids some great opportunity…to see inside a dead animal!!!   Whoa!  

Pretty silly, no?  Any farm kid who can butcher a chicken and fillet a fish gets a REAL education in anatomy that actually benefits his life.  Get the poor kids outside where they belong.  God made Adam and Eve a garden to live in, after all.

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4 Responses to Who Needs a Science Class…

  1. Layla Martin says:

    Was that all in one chicken?

    • villapacis says:

      Yes…eggs at different stages of development. You can see how the next 5 or 6 days’ eggs would develop before laying each day.

  2. Gaunce says:

    I grew up on a medium size farm of about 400 acres in south eastern Canada. We kept 60 head of beef cattle, a few pigs, a couple dozen laying hens, and 200+ meat chickens annually. I went to school with very few farm kids and however the city kids were always quite interested in the farm and its related activities. When calves were being born we would have a calling list of people who wanted to experience it. We would have a few extra hands for an hour or two for harvesting the forage, which really I think I was as entertained as they were. The one experience I will never forget is my friend who came to help butcher or “dissect” the meat chickens in the fall. He observed the entire process for the first batch of five then wanted to perform each job in the process. So it starts with the catching of the birds, pretty simple. Well he was scared and thought they would peck him and then he would let them go every time they made any noise. Just picture it a 150 lbs 6 foot tall 15 year old boy scared of a 10 lbs flightless bird. We skipped the head removal until a little more courage was developed. The removal of the intestines and other organs was a real science project as they were measured, identified and examined very thoroughly. Seeing the organs of animal without the smell of carcinogenetic chemicals, ie. formaldehyde, was an annual event that I took for granted until then. The general health of the animal can be seen quite quickly from the inside. If the pens were over crowded lungs would be darker from poor ventilation, like a smoker, and adjustment would be made to the following seasons’ living conditions for the new flock. If there was too much fat around the organs feed rations would be adjusted the following year to create a better balanced diet. Genetic disorders like small hearts or heart mummers, if frequent could be brought to the intention of the hatchery for genetic improvement. Even the meat chickens would have cluster of eggs, like grapes, in the different stages of development. I am sure he learned more in that one day then he did in an entire semester of biology. My family and I also learned a few things as well as he never hesitated to ask questions and forced us to connect the big picture or research and explore further to provide him with the correct answer.

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