"...the problem about the egg and the hen, which of them came first, was dragged into our talk, a difficult problem which gives investigators much trouble. And Sulla my comrade said that with a small problem, as with a tool, we were rocking loose a great and heavy one, that of the creation of the world."                                                  Plutarch, Table Talk, Moralia 120 AD                                                                        

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A Hen lays an Egg after light-sensitive cells behind her eyes message her ovary to release an ovum into the egg yolk. Fertilized by sperm, coated by albumen, encased in shell as the egg travels through the oviduct. This  creative process encompasses twenty-four hours; as the rotation of Earth on its axis.                                                     

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Observational Findings February 2007

(below) First Eggs in a nest created by Shinnecock’s wives Cleo and Chloe

Padua Chickens (aka Padovanas aka Polands aka Polish) are members of an ancient breed of Fowls traced back 150 million years ago. Who, since 1AD have been the subject of artists and naturalists, including Charles Darwin. But now this breed’s diminishing numbers, reflected by inclusion on the watch list of endangered heritage fowl, are the result of industrialization in agriculture and farm practice. Over a hundred years ago,  Padua Hens celebrated as great egg layers are now categorized as non-sitters “strictly for ornamental use”.

In any breed you'll get a few who will still set. In laying situations, those hens won't be kept alive, as they're supposed to be egg producers and when they go broody they lose out on 2-3 months of production with each clutch.     Barry Koffler, breeder of Shinnecock Flock founding Hens Cleo, Chloe, Clarissa, July 21, 2006

Observational Findings documents eggs laid by Shinnecock Family Flock Hens: most consumed, others set on for 21 days. The first six chicks born here, at Open Air Studio, were mothered by Padua Gold Lace Hen Cleo, fathered by Padua White Rooster Shinnecock. They and their progeny, plus ten hens from Breeder Sylvia Babus, gave life to one hundred fifty-one chicks as of November 2019, presented in documentation on the following pages. Eleven Shinnecock Family eggs hatched from incubator (2018);  Nineteen arrived from breeder to add new bloodline.

Observational Findings July 25 2013

(below) Eggs created by Gold Lace Hen Cleo, Matriarch of Shinnecock Family Flock