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Good mousing breed?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by stokealini, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. stokealini

    stokealini In the Brooder

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    Hi all -
    Looking for suggestions on a good breed of chick to add to our flock next spring - It gets cold here in winter, warm in summer, and I am hoping to find a breed that is especially mouse-hungry! Thanks! Carolyn
     

  2. my shamos love eating mice and are good in most weather
     
  3. Snowypinesridge

    Snowypinesridge In the Brooder

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    We had really good luck with the Light Brahma's....They would chase them all over the place!
     
  4. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

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    My Delaware is an excellent mouse hunter. She swallows them whole.


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  5. Duffysma

    Duffysma Chirping

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  6. Duffysma

    Duffysma Chirping

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    Sorry, my message didn't appear...I have 5 Jersey Giants and all of them are great mousers. They swallow the mice in one piece, too. My girls have very sweet temperments.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Most breeds will likely consume mice or small birds. What I have noticed is that the chicken will invest considerable effort in catching the occasional mouse or small bird and consume but if I were to have a dozen mice available, chickens will not eat them all unless they afre pinkies or fuzzies. They may not have all that much need for protein and such meals may prove to be a challenge for the gizzard to process.
     

  8. lilhippiemomma

    lilhippiemomma In the Brooder

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    I've heard that Buckeyes are supposed to be really good at mousing. But my Naked Necks, Speckled Sussex, and Orpingtons will go after mice like a feeding frenzy of sharks!
     
  9. Peggy-Sue

    Peggy-Sue Chirping

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    Small birds??? My girls are terrified of the ones that eat their scratch
     

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