Wow, well this turned into somewhat of an argument. lol I didn't intend for it to go that way.
I just posted it for the "fun" and "silliness" of it. :)
But I did want to make a short note though.
I live in Alaska...
We do NOT have snakes here to kill mice. Bears and moose are not much for eating mice... LoL
The snow gets waist deep, and most cats (not all) but most will NOT go out into the snow.
I will not poison mice to get rid of them and risk my chickens getting a hold of one.
I have had chickens for years, and never fed them cooked mice until now. It is NOT something I feed "Rregularly", this was the first time I did that.
The Cooking 'liver' smell didn't bother me either, because I absolutely LOVE liver. lol :) That said, I can see how some people can be grosed out by the smell alone. :)
Salmonella.... Maybe in the States, but we do NOT have to worry about that stuff here. Or Mareck's, etc. We don't have those here.... (not yet at least) BUT, as I mentioned before, I decided to BOIL the mice to PREVENT any potential pathogens! (believe me when I tell you I am as paranoid about getting nasties into my babies as anyone else!) I would rather have them eat cooked, than raw. :)
Honestly, feeding cooked mice is, in my personal opinion, no different than for example, if hubby went rabbit hunting, and brought home a wild rabbit for the birds and I stuck that in a pot..?
I don't see the difference, honestly. Meat is meat. An Animal is an Animal. :)
Again, I live in Alaska, and we do NOT have Mice here like in the lower 48.. We have shrews, and these were NOT shrews...
As I said before, these mice didn't come from the "wild", we do not have them here (although that would make no difference to me). These were mice originated at the pet store (a few generations ago), I have some mice here at home as pets for my kids. I know the difference. I caught some black mice, tan, as well as whites, and a couple multi-colored! So I KNOW they escaped from someone's care, or were released, and bred like crazy!
But to each their own. I am not squeamish about that stuff. I am perfectly aware what Chickens will eat in the wild, and believe me, Cooked / Boiled mice do not hold a candle. lol
And, they absolutely loved it :)
I thought it was a good idea for my birds, and considered it fair game, since the mice lived happy and sassy under the coop and gorged on the chickens food all winter.
We don't have mouse problems here normally, so finding them was a bit of a shock, but it was remedied, and the little carcasses were used. Their little furry souls passed quickly, and their little bodies were used to nourish another animal... Every little part was eaten and used.... :)
My Beliefs state that NO PART of an animal should be wasted. Regardless of WHY you kill it. And that means mice too!
I am NOT allowed to kill an animal unless it will be used in some way. To me, that was a GREAT way. :) I was grateful that I had a way to be able to use their little bodies, instead of tossing them away into the trash...
Anyhow, I was not trying to start an argument, I just wanted to share something I did for my girls that they seemed to absolutely ADORE. :)
If I have another mouse infestation next year, I will do the same. :) As I said, I am not squeamish about that stuff.
Believe it or not, eating mice is accepted in many cultures, as is eating guinea pigs, cats, dogs, horses, and other animals that are considered "pets" here in America, To us, it's unimaginable.... To them, it's daily life.... :) (Some people can not believe we eat cows every day!) :)
But as someone once mentioned, it's our "way" that makes us squeamish about feeding certain things....
When looked at logically, it makes perfect sense. :)
Again, I did not mean for this to turn into something ugly. :) Just posted for fun. :)