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post #11 of 17

Vultures can smell a rotting carcass many miles away. So i would think other birds including chickens, can smell different things in their own way.


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post #12 of 17

Chickens have a sense of smell:
http://genome.wellcome.ac.uk/doc_WTD020725.html (8th paragraph)

post #13 of 17

I've heard that if you don't clean up after them they start smelling really bad..... Oh you mean does their nose work. Do chickens have noses? Okay seriously now, yes birds including chickens have a sense of smell. I don't think it is as acute as it is in other animals and they rely on sight more than smell. this would partially account for why they are day critters rather than foraging at night.

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post #14 of 17

I've read that chickens, and most birds in general, have a poor sense of small. Vultures, that search for decaying meat, and the kiwi, that searches for earthworms, are exceptions. I am sure that our domesticated chickens have a poor sense of smell as they depend on their eyesight and hearing for survival. wink

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"Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral."
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Gardeners please see my garden blog at http://centralcoastgardening.com.
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post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by msgenie516 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeslewmazer 

If they can't smell, then why do they have a nose?  I think they can smell but it is not that good. Each sense has a dominant one and the rest decent. So smell is probably at the bottom of the totem pole. This is what I think.


I don't know if they can smell or not but I would guess they have a nose so they can breathe.  Maybe they can breathe through their beak/mouth but then they would look like they're panting all the time!


yuckyuck     That was pretty funny!! .......so they can breath... LOL!!!!

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Take a deep breath.........................you'll need it!
I am a shameless promoter of BYC and an enabler to poor, sad, chickenless people. I always have a chick or 3 to help you start your flock....c'mon, its easy and fun, remember- a joy shared IS a joy doubled!
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post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zoomia 

Chickens have a sense of smell:
http://genome.wellcome.ac.uk/doc_WTD020725.html (8th paragraph)


Got it!  Thanks.

So apparently they can smell at least as well as we can. 

Haha you guys who are saying chickens smell if you don't clean up after them...

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4 Italian Greyhounds: Penny, Huckleberry, Becky, and Tina; 1 Scottish Deerhound:  Nancy; 2 Kitties: KoKo and Katie, Chickens, mostly R.I. Reds; 7 Peafowl; One husband; 3 adult children, (son just back from Iraq); and 2 Granddaughters. 
West Virginia
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post #17 of 17

Humm.  Given that I have the heat turned up high, am wearing layers (of clothes, not chickens) and am rescuing dying keets by stuffing them inside my shirt to warm them up....

 

I'm wondering how these birds will bond with me, LOL!

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