July 12, 2005
He's a [Chicken] Sex Machine

Sometimes scientists are so clever it's scary:

The research team decided to test the consequences of sperm-free mountings [of chickens by roosters] on a female’s propensity for promiscuity. Using cleverly designed harnesses, which prevent cocks from depositing semen into a females’ reproductive tract, the team was able to create two distinct groups - hens that had been mounted, but received no sperm, and hens who had successful, sperm-transferring copulations.

The point? To examine a remarkable male strategy to keep the hens faithful. It would appear they are far less likely to "stray" to another male's territory as long as they're "getting some" every day.

Posted by scott at July 12, 2005 09:06 AM

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