Do Mama Hens Regurgitate for their Young?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NottinghamChicks, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just witness my hen regurgitating for her babies for the first time. Is this normal? I know many species of birds do this but do chickens?? I'm miffed [​IMG]
     
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  2. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    No. They teach the chicks to eat by pecking at food. I don't know what you hen was doing. [​IMG]
     
  3. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have been watching her teaching them to pick at the starter and at pieces of bread so I didn't think this was normal. Very odd. [​IMG] I wonder if she is okay? She seems fine in every other way.
     
  4. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    Quote:Check her crop to make sure it is not impacted.
     
  5. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Check her crop to make sure it is not impacted.

    Good idea, I will check her this morning in a bit.
     
  6. BrattishTaz

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    Quote:Check her crop to make sure it is not impacted.

    Good idea, I will check her this morning in a bit.

    Try to catch her just before she gets up and starts eating. Her crop should be empty.
     
  7. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Took her out of her brooder box and felt her crop. Seems fine, not hard and by no means full. Perhaps I have the first regurgitating mother hen [​IMG]

    She is behaving very normal and seems quite content. I glad that I didn't find anything wrong. [​IMG]
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, she probably has just drank some water and pressed on her crop when she bent over to peck for the chicks. They don't regurgitate to feed the chicks.
     
  9. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:That is logical, thanks for your input!
     
  10. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I have seen my broodies do this. Like Speckledhen said, it generally happens the first couple days after a hatch and when momma's crop is full with food and water. When she bends down, a small amount of "crop juice" will leak out and she will feed it to her chicks.
     

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