Are my eggs safe to eat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by atvmudrat, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. atvmudrat

    atvmudrat Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 4, 2010
    I caught my hen pecking on a dead mouse the other day. When I tried to take it from her she ran. She swallowed the mouse and started choking on it. Since the tail was hanging out of her beak, I pulled the mouse out slowly. I'm wondering if her eggs are safe to eat??? I haven't eaten a single one since she pecked that mouse. I worried it could have had rabies or some mouse disease. Ewwww!!! Thanks for any info [​IMG]
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Chickens will eat what naturally is a part of their diet. Personally I'd worry more about my hens eating GMO corn and soy than some average mouse or something. . . [​IMG]
  3. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    Mine will eat mice, frogs, lizards, snakes, and anything else that crosses their path. I eat mine and to no I'll effects...
  4. rosegal

    rosegal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2008
    Tustin, CA
    I would be thrilled if my chickens helped to rid my property of mice or rats! And, would have no problem eating their eggs.
  5. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    My Delaware pullet is a better mouser than my cats!! She even got two gophers the other day!! Though she didn't eat those..

    As long as you haven't been putting out rat/mouse poison, than don't worry. Its all in the food chain! Chickens are omnivores.
  6. atvmudrat

    atvmudrat Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 4, 2010
    Oh WOW - thanks for all the quick responses! I will start eating her eggs again. It just blew my mind... I had no idea they'd eat mice!

    Snakes???? Can chickens kill snakes? I have been worrying about this since we killed a snake in our yard last weekend. I was afraid snakes would kill my chickens.

    Awesome group of people on this site [​IMG]
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Yes, they will eat small snakes, too.

    I use an electronic, battery operated RatZapper for mice, which kills them instantly (not even a squeak). Then I just toss the mousie carcass out into the yard for the chickens. It's protein, and they will chase each other for it.
  8. atvmudrat

    atvmudrat Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 4, 2010
    A RatZapper? I'll have to look that up. My 4 cats usually bring mice and moles into the yard dead so my chicks will have a hard time finding a mouse on their own. Also, what is GMO corn that someone mentioned above? I give my chicks a little scratch corn when they are in the playground but not much at all. Thanks for the tips!
  9. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    It grosses me out to watch mine find a toad. I don't know how they swallow the darn things! The toad's skull is like an inch across! But I eat the eggs and never have thought much about it.

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