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do chickens yawn?

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i see my chickens strech out there necks and open there mouth at the same time it looks like the taking a big gulp of air i think thats a yawn idk someone told me yes chickens do yawn     is it true

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Yep they yawn especially when they are chicks.  Here is one of mine yawning as a chick:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs527.snc3/29951_439589110464_504440464_5800756_447044_n.jpg

big_smile  But you have to look out because that can also mean "I'm thirsty!".  Mine will do something similar to yawning when they're hot.

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hello brittany im mitch them chickies are cuties little fuzz balls haha i ddnt know that also ment they were thirsty huh i learned something new today lol i didnt know chickens get diarria in the winter too i know they have it alot in the summer cause its a way to cool themselves down inside when its hot out

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They also do that motion to rearrange food in their crops, if I am not mistaken.  So it is not always a yawn.

This "diarrhea" you're talking about- is it true diarrhea?  Or do you mean the cecal poop, which is dark brown, runny, and very smelly?  Cecal poop is normal and happens approximately every 7-10 (I think) poops.  There's a picture chart somewhere that shows the range of normal and abnormal poop- not sure if it's on BYC or elsewhere on the internet.


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Kelly, mom of two daughters, six cats, and a Great Pyrenees
Black Stars, EEs, Marans, and a feathered demon (whoops, I mean silver Lakenvelder) and now 6 mixed chicks under two broodies!
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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #6 of 9

keep an eye on them, frequent yawning could be a sign of gapeworm

Im a guy that has 1 Light Brown Leghorn Rooster, 1 RIR Light Brown leghorn cross Roo, 9 Hens, a RIR, Black Star, Australorp, 1 Easter Eggers, 2 Cochin mix Banties, White Bearded Silkie, and what looks like a Cuckoo Marans mix hen as pets. and 3 mix breed hens
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Im a guy that has 1 Light Brown Leghorn Rooster, 1 RIR Light Brown leghorn cross Roo, 9 Hens, a RIR, Black Star, Australorp, 1 Easter Eggers, 2 Cochin mix Banties, White Bearded Silkie, and what looks like a Cuckoo Marans mix hen as pets. and 3 mix breed hens
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post #7 of 9

I was wondering about this also. Now I know that they do! lol

I'm not a chicken expert nor I am a chicken addict. All I know is since I have chickens, I might as well raise them in a best way I possibly can. Added rabbits to it recently. !
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I'm not a chicken expert nor I am a chicken addict. All I know is since I have chickens, I might as well raise them in a best way I possibly can. Added rabbits to it recently. !
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post #8 of 9

They also yawn as preparation for increased activity.  Examples I have noted include getting up from day roost to forage and just before a planned flight (part of "prelaunch" sequence from roost). Yawning also tends to accompany stretching.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.
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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.
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Originally Posted by gritsar View Post

Here's the poo chart:

http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0

ok, i love that there is a poop chart, we have been discussing the really smelly poop, now I know it has a name.  cecal beats what we have been calling it.

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