Hello everybody i have a question i know ive seen people throw mice from a mouse trap or a mouse theyre cat killed to the chickens but what if you raised mice for your chickens consumption? I am going to start raising domestic mice for my gopher snake to make it cheaper and i was wondering if anybody feeds extra pinkies to chickens as extra protein do people actually do this is my question and is it safe and or healthy?
Feeding chickens mice?
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Back several generations it used to be the farmboys job to trap something (squirrel, opossum) to feed the chickens some meat once a week during the winter months. I personally feed mine cow organ meat. I can see no reason not to feed your birds mice.
Ours chased a mouse into a corner where it eventually died from dehydration, no pecking. However, a one month old somehow broke out of it's very secure coop within the coop, and all that was left was a spine and two legs.
Chickens are omnivores, more on the carnivorous side. Raised mice wouldn't hurt, just make sure it gets eaten and doesn't rot in the run. A little bit of sport might help them along if there is no interest at first.
Our girls caught a field mouse just this week... we have not found any remains. Sylvie seemed very proud of herself!
I would think if you have extra mice, it would be an ok supplement/treat. I like to give our girls a can of sardines when the weather is particularly cold or rainy. They have also demolished a bag of salad shrimp that was too freezer burned for humans. I am learning they will eat just about anything!