parthogenesis and chickens

Robert jumbuck at
Thu Dec 19 23:30:00 EST 1996

I am currently having a discussion with a religious teacher of mine about
the theoretical implications of chickens developing from unfertilised eggs.

Can Parthogenesis (Development of a live offspring from an unfertilised
egg) be induced in chickens or other poultry. If so, how?

Does this ever occur naturally? 

What effect does it have on the haploid chicken? - health, fertility,
subsequent parthogenesis, etc.

Please E-mail your answers to me as well as raising the discussion in the


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