Chicken yawning?


In the Brooder
10 Years
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?

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