Do chickens throw up? or something like that

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cbriggscc, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. cbriggscc

    cbriggscc In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2008
    North Collins, NY
    I was sitting watching my chichens the one chicken was on the perch and threw up liquid...kind of clear slimmy? the other hens all gathered under to to scratch and wanted to eat it? Im not sure if I'm doing well explaining it , or whether I have just to much time on my hands? Has anyone else seen this behavior.
    Thanks for your help
  2. crazychicken

    crazychicken Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    yes they do throw up ... i remember one of our chicks [​IMG] i had just fed them and a friend of ours who is kinda new to chickens picked it up and sort squeezed it's crop and.......... blah he had to borrow one of my shirts while his got washed [​IMG]
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  3. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    After drinking water, mine will sometimes urp it back up when they bend over to eat. Nasty, but they don't seem to care. These are otherwise healthy birds.
  4. crazy hen quartet

    crazy hen quartet Songster

    Dec 20, 2008
    Chandler AZ
    One of my EEs does the same thing, urps up clear liquid when she bends over to eat sometimes. More so in the summer than the winter.
  5. RobotChicken

    RobotChicken Chicken TV Addict

    Oct 16, 2008
    Colorado Baby!
    Quote:Yup, seen some of mine do that a few times.
  6. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Quote:Yup, seen some of mine do that a few times.

    Mine do the same, the other chooks come running when she barfs up liquid so they can clean up! yuck....
  7. cbriggscc

    cbriggscc In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2008
    North Collins, NY
    "Thank you everyone"
  8. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    My PR roo did this 2 wks. ago and it completely freaked me out! I watched him for the next several days and finally figured out that he was okay and healthy. It does make you worry though, the first time you see it.
  9. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Not really throwing up, exactly, the crop just holds undigested food until it can get t the gizzard to be ground up and passed along. The crop is sort of like a balloon. Sometimes, if the crop's very full, pressure of bending down or something, can push some food back out. So it's just wet, undigested food, and water. Looks more disgusting than it actually is.
  10. I took two babies out of the brooder to take them to the nursery.
    I picked them up and they both immediately had a bunch of food and liquid come out of their beaks. It did not hurt them at all and as soom as the hit the nursery they were at the feeder and waterer. Little pigs.

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