Why do chickens continue to poo during the night?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by snowchicken, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. snowchicken

    snowchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Just curious.
    Do other animals do this? Is it a bird thing?
    What is it about a chickens physiology that makes them keeping making droppings all night? Do they wake up as it happens or does it just drop out?
     
  2. onebuggirl

    onebuggirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Why do you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom?
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  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They have a crop that can stay full for a few hours, and food just keeps on moving down the line. Unlike mammals with large intestines and colons for waste to build up and be eliminated once, theirs just keeps on going, probably with help of their high fiber diets. LOL

    As for if they wake up... no idea.
     
  4. snowchicken

    snowchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    It'd be funny to chicken-cam them overnight.
    I wonder if they do anything else odd at night.
     
  5. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've had 'em chase me around the coop in the middle of the night... Dont know why, they all just jumped off the perches and started followin me around.
     
  6. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    ive wondered just how long do chickens sleep at night....i know horses sleep very little at night but how long do chickens sleep for?
     
  7. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've had 'em chase me around the coop in the middle of the night... Dont know why, they all just jumped off the perches and started followin me around.

    umm, what were you doing in the middle of the night?
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    When nature calls... nature calls.
     
  9. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the true answer is "BECAUSE THEY CAN"

    By just going while they sleep, they are able to sleep in the next morning, instead of having to wake up to go!!!
     
  10. buckeye lady

    buckeye lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do this to remind you not to wear your good shoes in the coop while gathering the morning eggs. They're so helpful.
     

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