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Old 12-02-2003, 01:31 AM
squeegee squeegee is offline
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Kid's song: 'a chicken when it's pippin' Huh?

My son has a CD of kid's songs. There's one song, called The Riddle Song that contains this question and answer:

Q. How can there be a chicken without a bone?
A. A chicken when it's pippin', it has no bone.

Um, okay. What the heck does that mean?

My dictionary defines 'pipping' as the act of a chick emerging/pecking it's way out of an egg. But chicks certainly have bones, no?

In another SDMB thread, a poster speculates in passing that this means the chicken is still an egg, thus no bones. Not sure if they were yolking.

What's the straight dope?
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Old 12-02-2003, 01:49 AM
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What I heard:

"pippin" is/was the embryonic stage of of the chicken (yes, the yolk)

p.s. - "a baby's when it's sleeping" is, to my mind, a reference to a stillbirth - not exactly something a kid should be thinking about - or is it?
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Old 12-02-2003, 04:07 AM
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Sometimes sleeping is just sleeping.

I'm sure they mean, when the chick is too undeveloped to have bones. Pippin' (hatching) may no be exactly correct, but it points your mind in the right direction.

And "too undeveloped to have bones" doesn't scan.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:40 PM
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Pipping is the term used to describe what a chick does when it makes a hole in its shell before it hatches. At this point, the chick's bones have not yet hardened.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:54 PM
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Pipping is the term used to describe what a chick does when it makes a hole in its shell before it hatches. At this point, the chick's bones have not yet hardened.
Then why do they taste so crunchy?
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:12 PM
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I always thought it was "picken" as in the meat stripped or picked from the bones.

Huh.

Ignorance fought.
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