Me: "Hey ... can chickens fart?"
Me: "Can chickens fart?"
FF: *Mouth open.*
Me: "Yesterday I distinctly heard one of the Welsummers let one rip."
FF: "Why are you asking me? Do you think I'm an expert in flatulence?"
FF: "I don't know."
Me: "It sounded like a fart."
FF: "Maybe it was one of the kids."
Me: "No, they were too far away. It was me and one chicken and I'd fess up if I did it."
FF: "Google it."
So I did. Turns out all the "real" experts (unlike my faux-flatulence expert husband) claim birds do not usually fart.
From Popular Science:
It's not that they can't. They just don't need to, says Mike Murray, a veterinarian at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Birds have the anatomical and physical ability to pass gas, he explains, "but if I saw gas in a bird's gastrointestinal tract on an x-ray, I'd suspect that something abnormal was going on in there."
Later that evening after many furious and futile Google searches of "chicken fart death", "Flatulent chicken diseases" and "Abnormal gassy chicken".
FF: "What are you doing?"
Me: "Trying to find out why our chickens are going to die."
FF: *sigh* "What?"
After much consultation with unknown strangers on chicken forums and random people on Facebook, I think our birds are incredibly healthy. The internet never lies, dude.
So, Mr. smarty-pants Mike Murray, expert in bird farts ... or as you call it, "veterinary science" ... what did I hear?
I'm the wife of a Fledgling Farmer(FF) and mom to Fledgling Farmer Boy(FFB) and Fledgling Farmer Girl(FFG).