Have you ever given much thought to Do chickens have tongues or not? Well, perhaps you may have, or you may know the answer already. However, the answer is ‘yes’, they do have tongues. Since chickens have small mouths, they obviously have small tongues. Simply, that is why people hardly get to notice their tongues that they cannot stick out at us. No matter how small they are, the role of chicken tongues is important for their digestive system activities.
What does chicken’s tongue look like?
As I mentioned earlier, you will not notice chicken’s tongue unless you scrutinize them well. Therefore, most of us do not know what it looks like. However, I think it will not seem difficult to picture a chicken tongue if I give you some hints.
First thing is they are small and takes the same size and shape of the bottom of their beaks. Plus, it is pointy and sits on the bottom of their beaks. Similar to other beings, chickens find their tongues useful for making sounds and to eat, manipulate food and lap up water too.
What is chickens’ tongue color?
It is interesting to note that chickens’ tongue colour varies from one breed of chicken to another breed. However, the rest of the inside of chickens’ mouth is not much different from other birds. Furthermore, you may notice black tongue of a chicken if it is deficient in Niacin (vitamin B3) vitamin.
What is the lingual nail?
This is a vital component in chickens’ tongue. It is at the tip of their tongues, and it helps to lift up grains and works as a spoon.
How do chickens drink water?
Naturally, we use our tongues to drink water and direct it down the throats. However, chicken tongue is not as flexible as humans’. When they drink water, they need to peck at the water first. Then, they need to open and close their beaks tilting their heads back at the same time. I know when you see this process, you will not feel it as the most comfortable way to drink water. However, this way is the best way for chickens. As they do not have control over their tongues and throat muscles, it is difficult for them to drink water as easily as we humans do.
Do chickens have teeth?
As much as worried and wondered at our first question, you may wonder at this question too. But here, they do not have teeth. In general, teeth that humans have are useful for grinding the food we eat. Unlike us, chickens do not need to grind what they eat. Instead, they have a separate organ called gizzard that helps them to grind food. However, gizzard requires strong muscular contractions to continue the food grinding process. If we find it hard to find something, then we say “rare as hen’s teeth” because we are referring to something impossible.
Do chickens have taste buds?
Another positive answer comes up. Chickens have 240-360 taste buds which is a smaller number than that of humans who have 10,000 taste buds and cattle that have 15,000-20,000 of them. Most of the taste buds of humans’ taste buds are located in tongue whereas most of the chicken’s taste buds are in its oral cavity and only a 2% of taste buds are on the tongue. The importance of number of taste buds is directly linked with the mouths and sensitivity to food. Even though chickens have small beaks, they can respond to chemical stimulants and can taste different foods because they are not sensitive to spiciness but to sweetness.
How do chickens eat?
Since we have discussed how chickens drink water and whether they have taste buds, it is also important to learn how they eat and what they eat. As you already noticed in day today lives, chickens peck at food, break it up and swallow.
As the first step chickens guide food into their esophagus with the use of their tongues. Secondly, food reaches the hole called choana that helps them to breath. Then the swallowed food goes into crop in their breasts. Finally it reaches their gizzard which chews up foods using muscles and grit to grind it.
Quick and simple Q and A
Do chickens have tongues? Yes
Can chickens stick their tongues out? No
Do chickens have taste buds? Yes
Can chicken taste spicy food? No
Can chicken smell well? No