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Mice and Rats

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Hardy Hen, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Hardy Hen

    Hardy Hen Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2008
    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
  2. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    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!
  3. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2008
    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!
  4. dozen chickens

    dozen chickens Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2007
    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~
  5. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2008
    Yep, they love to eat mice. I live trap them, stun them, and feed them to mine!
  6. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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