The Chicken vs. The Egg

by and | November 11, 2014

The chicken or the egg? Which came first? 


The origin of all types of birds which live today are shrouded in mystery.  Even Alan Feduccia, a leading bird expert, once stated: “The origin of birds is still up in the air.”


Now I’m no bird expert, so I decided to ask around.

How do eggpect me to know?

Chicken or Egg?

Hey, may I ask you a question?

Yea, sure”

Which do you think came first, the chicken or the egg?

Ammm, the chicken?”

Why the chicken?

Because it lays eggs”

So where did that chicken come from?




This was the general response I got from University students when they were asked the question.

Other responses included “Ah! Not this again”, and “I’m sooo confused”. When put to a simple vote, twelve persons said the chicken came first, while only six chose the egg.

So I am going ask you, the reader:

“What do you think?”

Can an egg just appear out of nowhere? But did the first chicken appear out of nowhere??

Some advocates of the egg-before-chicken ideal believe in a type of naturalistic evolution. Basically, animals arose from other animals. Some claim that chickens really evolved from dinosaurs!

I decided to see what the science experts had to say.

Egg before Chicken.


Photo Credit: Gareth Kane

The first question was, “what is a chicken egg?” Is a ‘chicken egg’ an egg that contains a chicken? Or is it an egg that was laid by a chicken?

According to,

Chickens evolved from non-chickens through small changes caused by the mixing of male and female DNA or by mutations to the DNA that produced the zygote.

Two non-chickens mated and the DNA in their new zygote contained the mutation(s) that produced the first true chicken. That one zygote cell divided to produce the first true chicken.

So according to them,  the first chicken ultimately came from an egg…


Chicken Before Egg.


Photo Credit: Marti LeRoux

Of course, there is a flip side to this dilemma. Creationists may argue that according to The Bible, the chicken came first.

Then God said,…. “Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” So God created…every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.”

Genesis 1:20-21

John Morris, Phd, claims that the age-old question really has a simplistic answer.

“According to the Creator of chickens, and the author of the Record of their origins, chickens came first”

The scripture reference pretty much solidifies that the actual chickens were created and created with DNA to reproduce.

In an article, Morris points out that the intricacies and complexities of a chicken “suggest careful design”.



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So you can choose which side you prefer to be on!

Richard Dawkins:

“The chicken is only an egg’s way for making another egg.”

Jim Browne:

God simply created it. Fully formed. No egg. No genetic mutation. No hybrid between a red junglefowl and a grey junglefowl. God simply created the chicken.


Or, you can choose to remain passively disinterested.


As Luna Lovegood and Maynard Keenan eloquently put it, “a circle has no beginning”