Conversations With Luke,  Elementary School

Eggs: A Conversation With Luke

Luke was very cautiously eying the eggs I had sitting out on the counter overnight….

  • L: Are those bird eggs?
  • Me: Yes, they’re chicken eggs.
  • L (slightly agog): Are they going to turn into chickens if you leave them there?!
  • Me: No.
  • L: Why not? [Side Note: I’m pretty sure he wanted to ask “are you sure,” but chose this instead.]
  • Me: Ummmm…. because they aren’t fertilized.
  • L: Oh. (pause) How do they get fertilized?
  • Me: Ummm….. roosters fertilize them.
  • L: Roosters?
  • Me: Yes, roosters are boy chickens, hens are girl chickens. Only hens lay eggs. (silently prays this will be the end of the conversation)
  • L: How do the roosters fertilize the eggs?
  • Me: I honestly don’t know.
  • L: Do they sit on the eggs or something?
  • Me: I’m not sure. We can look it up later. We have to go now!