Do you think a mouse would bite a chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by babsh, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    I have a sick Sebright with bumblefoot. We have her quarantined in an ark. She cannot walk at all and just sits there. We have brought the food and water right up to her, though she is barely eating anything.

    My kids went to check on her tonite and found her very bloody. We brought her in the house and cleaned her up and she appears to have a cut on the edge of her wing. We are stymied how she could have gotten cut? Especially as she is almost totally immobile. When we found her bloodied, she was only about 3" from where I had set her down earlier.

    So I'm wondering if it's possible that something bit her? Would a mouse, looking for food, get in a tousle with a chicken? Any ideas?

  2. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    Not sure about a mouse but a rat sure would...especally a sebright since they are so small.
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    I agree, much more likely to be rat than mouse.

  4. babsh

    babsh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    Quote:I thought about that, but I have never seen a rat in my entire life. My birds are in my suburban backyard shed. I do see mice on occasion and we set traps for them. But I've never seen a rat or evidence of one.

    It was so strange.
  5. Giammona farm

    Giammona farm Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 1, 2009
    Point Reyes Station, CA
    Rats will attack chickens until they mess with something that ends up attacking them
  6. HeatherLynn

    HeatherLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Kentucky, Cecilia
    Many man years ago when I was a kid we had a goose. We lived in a nice developed neighborhood. Clean, maintained, no major sources of food about. Woke up one morning to our goose having no bill left. It has been chewed off. My dad promptly set traps, locked up our dogs, and caught the biggest dang rat you have ever seen. Well the biggest I had ever seen. The goose lived, she was just special needs after that but it can happen even in a suburban backyard.
  7. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    Of course a mouse will bite a chicken, especially if the bird steps on it.

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