do chickens yawn?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mogli, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Mogli

    Mogli Chillin' With My Peeps

    i see my chickens strech out there necks and open there mouth at the same time it looks like the taking a big gulp of air i think thats a yawn idk someone told me yes chickens do yawn is it true
  2. ScotianChick

    ScotianChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2010
    Yep they yawn especially when they are chicks. Here is one of mine yawning as a chick:


    [​IMG] But you have to look out because that can also mean "I'm thirsty!". Mine will do something similar to yawning when they're hot.
  3. Mogli

    Mogli Chillin' With My Peeps

    hello brittany im mitch them chickies are cuties little fuzz balls haha i ddnt know that also ment they were thirsty huh i learned something new today lol i didnt know chickens get diarria in the winter too i know they have it alot in the summer cause its a way to cool themselves down inside when its hot out
  4. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    They also do that motion to rearrange food in their crops, if I am not mistaken. So it is not always a yawn.

    This "diarrhea" you're talking about- is it true diarrhea? Or do you mean the cecal poop, which is dark brown, runny, and very smelly? Cecal poop is normal and happens approximately every 7-10 (I think) poops. There's a picture chart somewhere that shows the range of normal and abnormal poop- not sure if it's on BYC or elsewhere on the internet.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2011
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
  6. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    keep an eye on them, frequent yawning could be a sign of gapeworm
  7. Nat123

    Nat123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2010
    Home Sweet Home
    I was wondering about this also. Now I know that they do! [​IMG]
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    They also yawn as preparation for increased activity. Examples I have noted include getting up from day roost to forage and just before a planned flight (part of "prelaunch" sequence from roost). Yawning also tends to accompany stretching.
  9. plund

    plund Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 26, 2012

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