Can Chickens Pee?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bugdude, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. Bugdude

    Bugdude In the Brooder

    Sep 9, 2008
    So my girlfriend went out this morning to get the eggs, and when she came back in she said" I think the chicken peed on the egg and nest box. There were 3 eggs in the box but only one had the "Yellowish" Substance on top of the egg and in the vacinity of it in the bedding of the box.

    Ok so I just went out and looked and yes there is a big mess of either runny yellow ish poop or urine or something.. There is a pretty fair amount in the nest box where the egg was sitting, also its smeared across the whole egg. (kinda makes me think it had to do with the egg)

    So the big question.. What is it??? And... Are chickens like other birds in the sense that the moisture in the body comes out in the poop, or can they pee too?

    Also whats in the box? Ive read numerous posts about pooping in the box, and maybe this one just had to push too hard or something if it is poop, because they have never done this before.. Thanks

  2. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    Sounds like yolk. Are you sure there wasn't another egg that got eaten. It could of been soft shelled or in some cases no shell.

    The white substance in chicken poo is their urine. Chickens do not urinate like other animals.
  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Nope, no peeing involved. The white part of their poo is highly concentrated uric acid - it's voided at the same time as fecal matter. I took a few Poultry Science classes in college.
  4. Bugdude

    Bugdude In the Brooder

    Sep 9, 2008
    It might have been, but I only have 4 birds so 3 eggs a day is pretty typical. There are no egg shells or anything around it, It could have been an shell less egg which would have been a first.. The girls dont eat eggs that I know of, so I hope they didnt give it a shot..

    It could have been a shell less egg.. Past week my Black Sex has produced 2 monsters, one that was almost 3 inches long 91.4 grams and each one was a double yolker. Yesterdays double yolk had a wrinkled eggshell so maybe shes been losing some calcuim in the egg shells from making such big ones..?

    They normally dont eat eggs that I know of, That position is reserved for the dog, but it would have been impossible for him to get to them because he was in the garage.

  5. ella

    ella Songster

    I think any hen will eat an egg if it's cracked or broken. It's natural for them to clean up a broken egg so it doesn't spoil the rest of the clutch.

    It doesn't mean they'll start breaking them on purpose though.

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