Chickens digesting food?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ole rooster, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got to wondering today, do chickens take time out of ranging to digest their food, much like a cow chews their cud? Two or three times a day they bunch up in some 'private' spot and just sit down. I wondered if they were "chewing their cud" as it were?[​IMG] I suppost they could be taking a nap.
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Yes. The following pie chart shows results of follwing a free-range flock around for 24 hours during late May. Observations began at midnight 0000 and continued until 2400. Flock was mixed to include one rooster, 5 hens and a juvenile female. To types of behavior were associated with food intake; first was feeding which occured at feeding stations, second was foraging involving the methodical search for and consumption of live plant and animal items. Loafing repressented the bulk of activity which occured after bouts of feed intake. During loafing they stayed under cover to avoid exposure to wind, sun and likely predators. Some birds in flock while loafing would dose off but always more than one bird was vigilent. Loafing repressented roughly 1/2 of the daytime activities.


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  3. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ^ That's pretty cool, learned something new [​IMG]
     
  4. hondo58

    hondo58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes. The following pie chart shows results of follwing a free-range flock around for 24 hours during late May. Observations began at midnight 0000 and continued until 2400. Flock was mixed to include one rooster, 5 hens and a juvenile female. To types of behavior were associated with food intake; first was feeding which occured at feeding stations, second was foraging involving the methodical search for and consumption of live plant and animal items. Loafing repressented the bulk of activity which occured after bouts of feed intake. During loafing they stayed under cover to avoid exposure to wind, sun and likely predators. Some birds in flock while loafing would dose off but always more than one bird was vigilent. Loafing repressented roughly 1/2 of the daytime activities.


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41527_diel_activity_pie_chart.jpg

    This is the most interesting post that I have read. Thanks! Very informative.
     

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