Chicken yawning?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ruckus, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Ruckus

    Ruckus In the Brooder

    Nov 2, 2009
    I've read other threads about this subject before, but there are so many different ways that chickens can be described as "yawning" and it can mean a lot of different things. My indoor 3 month old serama chicken - who only ever eats blended, medicated, organic layer mash with oregano and cinnamon (and the occasional bit of tortilla) and has bedding made of Alaskan White Spruce shaving that I made myself from logs on my property, so I feel very confident that it doesn't have Gapeworm issues, and other illnesses seem unlikely - yawns whenever it gets up on its perch and settles down. I feel it's likely that it has bits of feather fuzz or maybe even wood shavings that it's eating in its throat, but I don't know. Can anyone tell what it's doing here?

    It has done this for its whole life, and there is no seeming regularity to it. It worried me at first, but since it shows no other signs of illness, I'm not sure what to make of it. Does anyone else see their chickens doing this?
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I guess I would not worry about it. Seems the chick pushes down the crop and then yawns - maybe a way of relaxing and settling in?

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