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Breaking out 破殼而出

What do you call a chicken when it is still very small? That's easy! Just take the word for chicken and make it smaller. A young chicken is a chick.

It usually takes 21 days for a chick to hatch from its shell. During that time, the mother sits on the eggs to keep them warm. If they are too hot or too cold the chicks might not hatch.

But that's not all the mother does. The mother also has to turn the eggs over five times a day. Sometimes the mother concentrates so hard on taking care of the eggs that she doesn't leave the nest, not even to eat or drink.

(Taipei Times)

當雞還很小的時候,你會怎麼叫牠們?很簡單!把英文「chicken」縮小成「chick」就是雛雞了。

通常雛雞要被孵化二十一天才會破殼而出。在此期間母雞會坐在蛋上為它保暖,太冷或太熱,雞都可能無法成功孵化。

除此之外,母雞一天還會把蛋翻動五次以上。有時母雞會因辛苦照顧雞蛋而寸步不離,甚至不吃不喝。

(台北時報)

Quick Quiz
複習測驗

1. The mother turns the eggs over ...

a. twice a day.

b. three times a day.

c. four times a day.

d. five times a day.

2. When the mother is concentrating, she ...

a. leaves the nest to eat.

b. leaves the nest to drink.

c. leaves the nest to sleep.

d. never leaves the nest.


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