The Circulatory System — Biology of the Chicken, Part 6

The Circulatory System — Biology of the Chicken, Part 6
By Thomas L. Fuller, New York The circulatory or transport system of the chicken is very similar to that of our own cardiovascular system. Throughout this series about the chicken’s biological systems, a common influence has evolved. Hank and Henrietta, as birds, need special physiological adaptations for their inherent need of flight. The circulatory system of the chicken, with this same distinction, must provide a more efficient manner of retrieving oxygen from our atmosphere. In other words, flight muscles need a lot of oxygen. The primary purpose of the circulatory system is to provide every living cell of the bird with oxygen and food while removing carbon dioxide and wastes from those same cells. In addition, this system plays an important role in maintaining the chicken’s body temperature of more than 104°F. The circulatory system consists of the heart, the blood vessels, the spleen, the bone marrow, and the blood

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

56 + = 58