Hen delivers 'eggless' chick, officials in Sri Lanka say

Veterinarian says egg incubated inside hen

Published On: Apr 20 2012 11:19:17 AM EDT

Veterinary officials in Kotte, Sri Lanka, said they have proof that occasionally the chicken does come before the egg, after a hen gave birth to an eggless chick.

P.R. Yapa, a government veterinary officer in the area, said the chick's egg was incubated inside the hen for 21 days -- instead of being laid in a nest -- and then hatched inside the mother, the BBC reported.

Yapa said the chick is healthy, however the mother hen died of internal wounds.