# Chickens

Discussion in 'Math' started by beenthere, Sep 28, 2007.

1. ### beenthere Thread Starter Retired Moderator

Apr 20, 2004
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The half a camel topic reminded me of this one:

If a chicken and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half, how long does it take a chicken to lay 6 eggs?

2. ### steeve_wai Active Member

Sep 13, 2007
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hmm...
chickens days eggs

(1.5) (1.5) (1.5)

or

3 (1.5) 3

now 1 chickens take 1.5 days for 1 eggs.

time for 6eggs=1.5*6=9

probably,the problem was stated like this:3 chickens lay 3 eggs in 1.5 days.how many days does it take for a chicken to lay 6 eggs.
someone divided the 3 by 2 giving a PRACTICALLY impossible 1.5 chickens and 1.5 eggs

...i hope i have not goofed up...i tend to make too many mistakes...

3. ### thingmaker3 Retired Moderator

May 16, 2005
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Thank you for the reminder. I need to pick up a chicken for tonight's dinner and some eggs for tomorrow morning's omelets.

Anyhoo... eggs per day for whole chicken = 1/1 = 1
...eggs per day for half chicken = .5/.5 = 1

...so a chicken can lay six eggs in half a dozen days if we leave it unmodified, or in three days if we cut it in half. Do they lop layers length-wise or across the mizzen?

Last farm I was on, the hens skipped every fifth or sixth day. They must have been union chickens.

4. ### Dave Retired Moderator

Nov 17, 2003
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Is this one of these where the catch is that half a chicken and half an egg cannot exist!

Seriously, is the answer that it will take forever... (half a chicken lays half an egg which produces half a chicken which lays half of half of an egg (a quarter of an egg) and so on...)

Dave

5. ### mrmeval Distinguished Member

Jun 30, 2006
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If I kill the half chicken and salt and burn it's corpse and bones (ZOMBIE) the remaining chicken will take six days to lay an egg.

And it will do so with full cooperation! Actung!

6. ### beenthere Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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Only half a chicken can lay half an egg, so we see that the rate for whole chickens is one egg in 1 1/2 days.

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8. ### RiJoRI Well-Known Member

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HEN.....hen........time
1 egg...0.5 egg..1.5 days
(multiply by 6 to get 6 HEN eggs)
6 egg...3.0 egg..9.0 days

--Rich

9. ### recca02 Senior Member

Apr 2, 2007
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the answer is obviously 9 days,
wait a sec egg what egg ,
wait a sec hen which hen...burp
(BTW i m pure vegitarian)
(no animal was harmed in the making of above post.)

10. ### nomurphy AAC Fanatic!

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Hmmm... it seems to me it will take a whole chicken 1 day to lay one egg, so it takes 6 days to lay 6 eggs.

It also seems to me that it will take a half-chicken a half-day to lay half an egg, which means that it will take the half-chicken 6 days to lay six eggs.

The question is: how long will it take a (one) chicken to lay six eggs?

It appears to me that, regardless of which chicken, it will take either of them six days.

And, note, there will be 12 eggs total if both are laying at nominal capacity (Monday through Saturday, with Sunday's off -- Union rules). Besides, every rooster will have his day!

11. ### recca02 Senior Member

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ppl with 6 days as answer do u not feel that if a chicken cud lay a egg in a day(only possible in this case) what did it do the rest of the half day the half chicken lay half an egg. perhaps it 'chickened' away.

12. ### kautilya Active Member

Apr 26, 2007
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1 chicken = 1 egg
0.5 chicken = 0.5 eggs. therefore, 1 chicken = 1 egg
1.5 eggs can be laid in 1.5 days.
1 chicken lays 1 egg in 1.5 days.
6 eggs will be alid in 4 days.

13. ### recca02 Senior Member

Apr 2, 2007
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or is it the other way round?
4 eggs in 6 days.
6-,,-..... .9.-,,-..

14. ### kautilya Active Member

Apr 26, 2007
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I am sorry for the last one. a simple math error.

6 eggs will be laid in 9 days.

15. ### mentaaal Senior Member

Oct 17, 2005
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So is there a decisive right answer? as the ratios can be simplified to 1chicken:1day:1egg i am inclined to go with six days.

16. ### mentaaal Senior Member

Oct 17, 2005
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my bad, i think the answer is actually 9 days as well.

17. ### thingmaker3 Retired Moderator

May 16, 2005
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I humbly submit the data sampling is too small for a valid conclusion. I suggest we convene at a mutually convenient poultry farm.

18. ### recca02 Senior Member

Apr 2, 2007
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HELP! Bird flu in India
experts say chickens now face extinction.

19. ### Dave Retired Moderator

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We had that over here in the UK. Chicken sales have increased dramatically as a result!!

Dave

20. ### recca02 Senior Member

Apr 2, 2007
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how come?

so any1 still supporting 6 days?