Eating sparrows

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hennotrooster, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. hennotrooster

    hennotrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I for the second time caught one of my hens with a sparrow. They eat them is this a bad thing for them to eat? I do not run as fast as they do so I am not able to catch the hen to take it from her she was out of their yard. Her sisters however will.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    My little dinosaurs ate a few mice, small snakes, frogs and the odd bird and nothing bad came off it. Think of it as a nice high protein snack.
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine eat anything they can catch. My daughter told me about one of ours trying to catch a small bird on the wing. Voles, chipmunks, snakes, mice, much fair game out there.

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  4. hennotrooster

    hennotrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I guess there is no need to worry then. I know mine eat lizards of any size if they can catch them I was just taken back by the bird thing because they were even eating the feathers. It was funny to watch them though it was like a game of football the one with the bird is the one that was being chased by the other 3. Can't eat avocado but can eat a bird. Thank you
     
  5. Featherwrangler

    Featherwrangler Out Of The Brooder

    You might want to watch them closely for signs of worms and other parasites. Wild birds are teeming with parasites. I am constantly having to have my cats wormed, with wild birds being their favorite snack.
     
  6. hennotrooster

    hennotrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] How long have you been raising chickens? I am going on year 2 and knew very little till I started stalking this site now I know much more but still don't know enough. Hope you enjoy the site as much as I do.

    Very good advise, I will assume I would find the worms or parasites in their poop?
     
  7. Featherwrangler

    Featherwrangler Out Of The Brooder

    I got an early start, as a kid I was the official family wrangler of our "Legerns". (Iowan for Leghorn). Now, since retiring, I just enjoy them and the fruits of their labor. So I've been wrangling again for about 3 years. I also enjoy BYC . There is always something new to learn. And yes, Poop patrol is a constant process. Ordering my new batch of EEs and (?) soon and adding a new set of nests to the Coop. [​IMG]
     
  8. hennotrooster

    hennotrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too want to get some EEs but not sure if we will this year we have 6 hens and get plenty of eggs for the 3 of us. Hubby would like to start to sell some when he stops his day job this year. Poop patrol it is. Glad you're on board.
     

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