Do chickens ever wee?????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by groovimum, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. groovimum

    groovimum Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on this subject. I know that they poop lots but don't know if they wee. If they don't how do they get rid of all the water they drink??
     
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  2. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
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    Birds excrete their nitrogenous wastes, derived mostly from the breakdown of proteins, in the form of uric acid rather than urea as mammals do. Unlike urea, uric acid is almost insoluble in water, and is excreted in the form of crystals that form a semisolid white paste. Not needing to store liquid wastes, birds lack a bladder. Instead urine passes from the ureters into the cloaca, a common chamber for the passage of digestive and urinary wastes, as well as for reproductive products. A bird dropping usually contains both white uric acid crystals, and a concentrated mass of digestive wastes such as insect cuticle or seeds.
     
  3. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's the white cap on the poo, yes? I rmember seeing that somewhere...

    ~Phyllis
     
  4. groovimum

    groovimum Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi thanks for the info will need to check it out next time I go out there.[​IMG]
     

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