A whole mouse?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Siler, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Siler

    Siler Songster

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Indiana
    About 10min ago I look out the window(my computer is near the window) and I see my CornishX running through the front lawn with something in her beak and her buddy the EE is hot on her heels. I go outside to investigate and she runs from me. I catch up to her and see that it's a baby mouse. While I'm trying to get my husband's attention(he's on the lawn tractor) she swallows the mouse WHOLE. It was about 2in long in total. Will she be ok?? I've heard of chickens eating mice before, but whole?
  2. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    I have not caught my girls consuming rodents yet, but I someone else's when I was chick sitting. Poor little mouse tried to run across the floor and only made is 1/4 the way (~2.5 feet). It was tenderized and gone before I could do anything about it.
  3. Tbird84

    Tbird84 Songster

    May 16, 2010
    Arab, AL
    When I was growing up, ours did it all the time. If the mouse tried to race through the run in daylight, it was a gonner. Even the pheasants and peacocks would eat them. Your chicken is fine. [​IMG]
  4. lostsoulhelpmejebus

    lostsoulhelpmejebus Incubating Fool

    Sep 23, 2008
    Roanoke, Illinois
    Your bird will be fine. A baby mouse is just an appetizer...lol. If they do catch a larger one usually it starts the game of "I have it and you don't" for a while, that is usually how it gets broken down into smaller pieces. Love them for the little dinosaurs they are [​IMG].
  5. Mandalina

    Mandalina Songster

    Apr 1, 2009
    just some added protien to her diet [​IMG]
  6. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    wish mine would do that- seems they are 'friends' with a local rat, and have seen them actually go up and touch his nose- and the roo just watches...[​IMG]

    now frogs...thats a whole nother story!
  7. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    When I had my standard cochin roo he gulped down a fullgrown field mouse with no hesitation. My silkie CHICK, only 3-4 months old ate a young one yesterday. [​IMG]
  8. PeepsInc

    PeepsInc Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    NY Tri State region
    I feed my birds quite well, & there isn't a safe mouse in my chicken house. As soon as the baby mice start to wonder, they become chicken treats. I've seen a Bantam OEG hen suck down a whole mouse, after playing a short game of chicken football with it. Their better than the cats.
  9. bturbo87

    bturbo87 Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    2 inch mouse is nothing, down here mine go after the 4-6 in lizards and 6-8 inch skinks...whole. Always have an egg just a little bit bigger the next day.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2010
  10. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    I saw something black from across the yard, No idea what it was, it looked about 15cms long. Chickens got to it before me and it was gone

    As for mice, I found a mouse hole, poured a little water down... Out came 5 chicken treats... I had some pretty happy birds that day

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