If you have chickens, you may have realized that there isn’t any urine on the mat where they spend most of their time, as you would anticipate seeing that with other domestic pets.
As a result, it is natural to wonder if chickens pee. Are they pissing in a place where it won’t be noticed?
The response is actually pretty fascinating, so pay attention (at least I think so). Let’s take a deeper look at how chickens pee and poop!
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Do chickens pee?
Chickens do in fact pee, that is true. Not quite in the same sense that we do, or in the same manner that other mammals do.
Chickens – and nearly all birds – have no urinary bladder or an outer urethral opening. This is in stark contrast to our situation, for example. When we need to pee, we gather urine throughout our bladders, which then empties through the urethra when we are done.
As a result, how exactly would a chicken pee if they have been deprived of these bodily functions?
I’ll try to describe.
What is the process by which a chicken urinates?
Let me say this first, I’d like to debunk a myth that I’ve heard repeated over the years.
Chicks do not excrete urine through their skin! Chickens, on the other hand, do not have sweat glands at all. As a result, they are not expelling any substances through their skin.
Especially if you’ve never experienced something like this before, it may seem insane. The majority of the time, however, when people discover that chickens may not urinate in the same manner as humans, they hop to some ridiculous conclusion in an attempt to justify it.
What is the frequency with which chickens pee?
Every time chicken poops, they expel uric acid crystals that have accumulated in their digestive tract. Although the exact number of times it occurs varies, it occurs approximately 20 and 40 roughly per day. The digestive system of a chicken operates at night as well.
Do chickens have kidneys, or do they not?
Chickens do, in fact, have kidneys that function in the same way that humans do. They simply absorb most of the water and return it to the system through Henle’s loop, abandoning a white splatter on the excrement as a result. Because chickens generate uric acid somewhat as a form of protein synthesis, rather than urea, as we humans do, this is a significant distinction.
What is it about chicken pee that you can’t see?
Whereas chickens do pee, the urine they excrete is in the form of white crystals that conceal their feces. They have a single bodily orifice, the cloaca, which serves as the rectum, urethra, and vaginal openings simultaneously. The waste they generate is pickled and picked.
The pee or urine is represented by the wet white crystals, while the poop is represented by the green solid nugget.