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My Chicken is Yawning is this Normal?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MadMonkeyOne, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. MadMonkeyOne

    MadMonkeyOne Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday I saw my chicken yawning is this normal? What worried me was she didn't stop! I rushed out side to see if she was choking but she instantly forgot about it. and later she was running around trying to catch flying insects. Is this a yawn or something else?
    Thx bye
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I don't know. Mine do it when they see me. I think it has something to do with ancestral genetics , or does she have something in her throat?
     
  3. Jan77

    Jan77 Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed my chickens doing this several months ago. I posted it and several replies said that chickens will do that to rearrange the food in their crops. They still do it now and I don't worry about it anymore. Hope this helps.
     
  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    That's exactly right. All birds do that. I think sometimes they do yawn because they're sleepy but that's just my opinion. What I know is that they often yawn to rearrange the crop.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I see mine yawn, too, but I don't worry about them if they are eating, drinking, not losing weight and acting/looking normal and healthy.

    -Kathy
     
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  6. MadMonkeyOne

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    That's so weird . I had no idea it served that purpose!
    Thx Heaps for the Replys!
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Mine only "yawn" when they see me. I thought it was kinda like bird chicks in a nest in a tree opening their mouth when mom comes back with a worm. I think it's just a reflex
     
  8. Accidental Farm

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    So glad to see this thread! A few of mine were 'yawning' and I was thinking it was an early attempt to learn to crow. I thought I had only three roos, so you can imagine my dismay when three more had joined in on the fun!
     

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