Yawning chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SunnysideupstateNY, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. SunnysideupstateNY

    SunnysideupstateNY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 20 week old SLW that I strongly suspect is a roo but I haven't heard a crow yet. Well I noticed for the first time today that (s)he yawns. Is that her/him trying to start crowing? There's no noise with this behavior. Or is it something else?
     
  2. SunnysideupstateNY

    SunnysideupstateNY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh and its the only one doing it in the flock.
     
  3. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read a post similar to this earlier today, and it was determined that the young rooster was trying to crow. Keep listening - I bet you'll hear some weak raspy noises shortly (so long as he appears healthy in every other aspect). Not sure if you wanted a roo, but enjoy! [​IMG]
     
  4. Yazzo

    Yazzo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Although hens do yawn, young roosters seem to do a special kind of yawn, I call it a 'crow stretch'. When a chicken is yawning, they usually hold their beak up at an angle, or yerk their heads up then down quickly. With a 'crow stretch' a rooster will point his head and beak downwards and bend his neck, stretching it and sometimes letting out a bit of air. They seem to be preparing for crowing like this, possibly by stretching their air sacks. How does your chicken 'yawn'?[​IMG]
    Also, if (s)he's standing up and flapping, then doing the 'yawn', probably a rooster. [​IMG]
     
  5. SunnysideupstateNY

    SunnysideupstateNY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its been ruffling its feathers and standing when it does it. Its ok I can exchange him for a pullet at the place I got him from. lol This would be the second roo out of six pullets I got this spring. It would be kinda fun to hear him crow for a day tho.
     
  6. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep laughing at all of you with 20week roos that don't know how to crow, my oegb was sitting on the side of the box at 3 week and trying to crow by 5 week I decided the 2 crowers had to go
     

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