Caught a gopher... give it to the girls?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AlbionWood, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. AlbionWood

    AlbionWood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Caught a gopher this evening:celebrate, just after the flock went to bed. It'll be cool, in the 40s tonight. Can I give it to them tomorrow morning and see what they make of it? They are about 7 weeks old, have been ranging around a large yard for a couple weeks. If it's a risk I'll let the vultures have it - there are plenty of gophers for later...
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    High 40's or low 40's? If you are in to the low 40's it will be fine for your chicks in the morning. I am a little concerned about give chicks that young a rodent. Rodents often carry diseases and things like worms.
     
  3. AlbionWood

    AlbionWood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't want 'em to get worms yet... I'll toss the carcass to the ravens, with luck they will get sick and leave.
     
  4. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you do ever give a dead rodent to your girls I would not tell people about it. I told folks that I would feed a dead gopher to my girls and they all said "...yewwwww, ...[​IMG]:sick:sick:sick:sick:sick...I couldn't eat your eggs if I knew they had eaten that...."
     
  5. AlbionWood

    AlbionWood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wimps! I'll just have to educate my customers better... [​IMG] Watching the gurlz and the chix attack leftover chicken meat was eye-opening. Now I get what y'all mean with the Jurassic Park/Velociraptor references! [​IMG]
     

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