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Q: What is a chicken's vent? Fluff? Wheezer? Cloaca?

A:

Prepare yourself for this: a chicken's vent is the opening where she expels waste AND the opening from which she lays her eggs. It's all one thing--eww, gross!

It's actually not quite as shocking as you might think. You can see here that the intestinal tract and the reproductive tract ARE separate things in your chicken.

internal organs of a chicken

They just end up venting from the same opening, the vent, which is under your chicken's tail. You can't quite see the vent in this photograph; it's just below the tail and just above the "fluff" (the soft feathers around her rear end).

chicken bottom

"Cloaca" is the anatomical term for vent---and "wheezer" is the colloquial term.




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