Do chickens....hiccup???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bec, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Tonight I went out to do a head count and one of my hens sounded like she was hiccuping....they were all lined up on their roost. Is this possble??
  2. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Not sure, but I swear one of my ducks does. When I let them out in the morning and she eats, before she can get to the water she starts making a hiccupping like sound. Hope someone knows for sure about chickens!
  3. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Mine does it often, usually it means she's having a "hissy fit" over something-- most of the time she wants to go out or eat (NOW!!) and I'm not moving fast enough to fulfill Her Majesty's wishes. [​IMG]
  4. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Come to think of it..she did start doing it when I filled their feeder after they went to bed so that they would have a full feeder in the morning. Maybe thats it? But it definately sounded like a
  5. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Sounds exactly like a hiccuph when Miss Chook is doing it, too!!
  6. Windy Ridge

    Windy Ridge Songster

    Oct 3, 2007
    I don't believe it's possible, as birds don't have a diaphragm in their respiratory system. Air is moved in and out through pressure changes in their air sacs. In fact, their lungs cannot even expand the way mammals lungs do.

    Interesting article

    It may be some cognate to a hiccough, though.

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