Hen ate a baby mouse. Is that okay?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickster88, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. chickster88

    chickster88 In the Brooder

    Mar 27, 2008
    Okay, definitive proof that chickens do NOT attract mice...

    My cat was just playing with a baby mouse she grabbed from my neighbour's garage, when, before I could intervene to let it go somewhere else (yes, we're softies when it comes to cute furry critters), the chickens saw and went nuts. They grabbed the mouse--which was alive--from the cat, chased the cat away, then fought over the mouse which made frightened squeaking noises that broke my heart. Anyway, it was over in a few seconds and Rose, our Rhode Island Red/Columbian Rock cross ate a whole baby mouse by herself and I feel like I need some Zoloft (for me, not the chickens).

    Anyone know if this is fine, or if Rose is going to have some intestinal trouble? She ate the entire thing in one whole gulp after killing it. Will she be okay or will she be barfing it up, or constipated or anything like that???
  2. Sometimes chickens eat small rodents. You dont have anything to worry about. Did you have any mouse poison around?
  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    She will be fine. Chickens eat mice, snakes, anything that can't get away. I, too, would feel pretty traumatized, however. [​IMG]
  4. I haven't seen my chickens eat a mouse yet, but they go crazy chasing each other over frogs. That sounds just as bad or worse than a mouse to me. Yuck!
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Free protein & calcium!

  6. lleighmay

    lleighmay Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Woodlawn, VA
    Good for the chicken; not so much for the mouse [​IMG]
  7. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Wade, Mississippi
    Sounds gross! [​IMG]

    But I bet she liked it! [​IMG]
  8. skyfires

    skyfires Trying to hide

    Jul 19, 2008
    The Ozarks of Arkansas
    My crazy chickens caught and ate a baby copperhead last week. I watched the whole thing!!! I was chasin them around trying to catch up with them to take it away. One got on one end of the snake, and one on the other. Yeah, you guessed it, they both ended up with the poison snack!!! They are both just fine. So I think the mouse is ok. Great meal for your:weee [​IMG] [​IMG] chicken,,,
  9. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    She will be just fine.

    I only saw it once but I saw a flock of hens surround, terrorize, flog and peck a small to medium size copperhead to death once. Then shared their spoils with the rest of the flock.
  10. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    I'm sure she'll be fine. My cats were catching baby frogs (until I started locking them up at night) and the rooster would eat their little corpses.

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