Hardy Hen

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11 Years
Apr 2, 2008
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I'm wondering can mice and rats make chickens sick? I have a whole family of mice living in my chicken coop with my girls. One of my chickens died last night even though she was completely fine yesterday. I'm wondering if the mice or rats could have made her sick all of a sudden. What do I do?

Hardy Hen
 

Lothiriel

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Aug 30, 2007
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New York State
My Coop
I'm not sure if they can make a chicken die, but they might give them fleas, lice, mites, etc. You may want to get rid of them.

Oh, and welcome to BYC! You'll love it here!
 

CUDA

Songster
11 Years
Mar 4, 2008
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Michigan
I am not sure about making them sick, but they have no place in my pens, and they can get to your chicks! As Metallica would say....Kill 'em All!
 

dozen chickens

In the Brooder
12 Years
Apr 17, 2007
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Western Colorado
I saw one of my chickens EAT a mouse a couple months ago. She just swallowed it whole! GROSS!!!! She has been fine though. Our cat is finding all our mice these days, so hopefully we dont she will take care of them all~
 

CUDA

Songster
11 Years
Mar 4, 2008
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Michigan
Yep, they love to eat mice. I live trap them, stun them, and feed them to mine!
 

LynneP

Songster
11 Years
Mar 21, 2008
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There are so many human and animal diseases associated with rodents that I don;t care to have them in my barn. We support a feral cat colony as described on my link below under 'Rodent Control'. Alo check specifics under the homepage describing the coop porch and run...
 

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