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I did not know chickens loved to eat mice!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by LindsayRae, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. LindsayRae

    LindsayRae Out Of The Brooder

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    Today I was digging up my garden while the chickens patiently hovered over every shovel scoop for bugs. One of those scoop was an entire nest of baby mice! Before I could even feel bad for what I did, those chickens gobbled them up! Then proceeded to pull the rest out of the dirt. I stood there for a second laughing because it was pretty **** brutal and amazing! So- now they are even more eager to snack and I can barely even put the shovel in the ground without getting close to their toes! By this time our two dogs caught on to what happened. Now I have 5 chickens and two dogs, which are 70-80lb rat hungry chicken sensitive pitbull terriers. After about two scoops in, 30-40 mice come running out of a hole! I stood back and watched- in slo-mo warrior scene style- all the birds and dogs work together and kill a **** load of mice!! After one dog shook one dead, a hen already had it halfway in her mouth! My husband was up talking to me over the fence just in time to witness the massacre and was wondering if thats going to digest properly. . . .? Im am pretty sure these hens are half vulture.
     
  2. Pyotr Koecher

    Pyotr Koecher Out Of The Brooder

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    Hullo Lindsay! My chickens have done so in the past too, doing the same thing too, digging up my beds :) Don´t worry about the digestion, nothing bad happened to mine. Just watch out-they might attack you! Hope they stay alive and well, best of life to you!

    Sincerely, Pyotr
     
  3. LindsayRae

    LindsayRae Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh good!! They are ravenous creatures! I love it! My whole backyard will be varmint free!
     
  4. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's a fabulous thing! I would say, mice are major carriers of WORMS...if you don't worm your chickens already, you may consider this now. Just another fact of life!
     
  5. LindsayRae

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    I didnt even think about that! Thanks! I try and stay away from anything chemicalesque for right now since I am still waiting on that first egg. . . I make them pumpkin seed molasses cereal a few times out of the week just because many people say it keeps them at minimal!! If you have any ideas on a better method, let me know!
     
  6. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pumpkin seeds are very good for natural worming!
     
  7. LindsayRae

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    Perfect!!
     
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    That's a lot of mice. Good job in turning them up. Not all hens are so predatory. I once caught a mouse dragging 7 babies that were clinging to her fur. I dumped the whole mess of them in the cockrel grow out pen. They all gathered around, and watched in amazement as this big mouse continued to drag the 7 babies to a place where she could hide. They discussed the matter thoroughly. I can interpret their conversation. "What the H? Hey, George... get a load of this!! New fangled snack? Fast food? Naw, too slow! Bugs? Never saw a hairy bug before! Fred, you try one. Nope, not gonna do it! Bob? Not me! HEY MIKEY, let's get Mikey. He'll eat anything." Apparently, Mikey didn't like the looks of them either. Mean while, hubby came home to tell me that there's a mouse living in the CAR since Sunday night.

    Lindsay, what ever you do, don't fall down in your coop. If you do, be sure to cover your eyes!
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] wouldn't kiss those hens on the lips. Are mice carriers of gape worm?
     
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    No. I think worms are. My chickens eat lots of worms. Never had, nor have I ever heard of anyone in my area having birds with gape worm.
     

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