Is it alright if chickens catch and eat mice?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LittleLola, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. LittleLola

    LittleLola Out Of The Brooder

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    okay, the other day my daughter and I where out and about with the chickens and all of a sudden they come running in their enclosed area... I knew one of them had gotten something they didn't want to share... so we walk over to where they are and notice one had caught a mouse!! She ate it whole..after trying to pluck it open I guess... so yesterday my daughter and I were with the silkies again and low and behold one of my EE's had caught a mouse.... she ended up eating it whole as well... Is it alright for them to do that? I suppose that free range chickens would come encounter mice but never thought if they would try and eat them...?? [​IMG]


    Also... another question...lol I have 2 sumutras pic of them when we first got them is my avatar... anyway... now they are 7 months old now and one has started to lay...which is a good thing. But now she is very aggressive towards the other sumatra sex is unknown by me now... thought it was a boy... cause of the way the feathers where heading but now not sure...?? [​IMG] I have been keeping them with my silkies because I knew that my other chics would just pick on them... so now I have one who is laying eggs and aggressive towards the other sumatra and my young silkie Roo.... Any ideas of what I should do about her?? and shouldn't I be able to tell hat the other sumatra is by now? I have also looked for the spurs that the roos should get but it doesn't really look like "it" has them... If I can take some pics of them today I will post to see what you all think "it" is...?

    thanks in advance!
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Mine think a mouse is a tasty treat!
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I can't answer the sumatra questions.

    The chickens will catch and eat small snakes, lizards, mice, bugs, etc. It is a normal part of their diet. They are omnivors and need meet and vegetation to meat their dietary and nutritional needs. I often give mine meat and meat scraps cooked.
     
  4. LittleLola

    LittleLola Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] okay so I am not alone.... I think mine feel the same way.... My hubby said, "Well hey they are darn good mice catchers!! Better than our dog "(who is learning to get them.. )

    just notice your post Miss Prissy.. [​IMG] about the sumatras.... but thanks for the info about the mice and so forth [​IMG] I give them scraps but have never given them any meats... gonna give that a go! Thanks!!!
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Having access to animal proteins you will see the feathering improve in your chickens as well as their overall general health.
     
  6. petlove

    petlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My doxie is the resident mouse catcher. It is great to know that chickens are good at it, also. I do have alot of mice. With my dogs I will not use dcon.
     
  7. featherfooted

    featherfooted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dogs and chickens have an agreement, the dogs catch and kill the mice and the chickens eat them.
     
  8. petlove

    petlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG]
     
  9. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Mine have torn up the litter at the back of the coop scratching up mice who have been making nests back there. I have a dirt floor with the pine bedding on top. Now I have a ditch a foot deep where they have dug it up.
     
  10. mandomama

    mandomama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh! Great! Now I have something to do with the "presents" my cats leave on the porch! Yeah!
     

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