Mice eating chickens ! And I eat their eggs ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicken Woman, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    I was raking the coop a bit and all the girls were outside in the run. As I raked a corner by the door 3 mice jump and ran out the door. The girls went crazy ! They caught all 3 of them and they were running around chasing one another trying to get the mice ! [​IMG]

    Of course I wasn't going to get them away from them so I didn't even try ! [​IMG]

    I was soooo grossed out ! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Does anyone elses chickens eat mice ? [​IMG]
     
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  2. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    Oh yeah! And any other living critter smaller than them that dares to tread their run! Moles, mice...nom nom nom.
    I haven't seen mine actually eat them, but I've found them pecked to bloody pulps in the run before.
     
  3. momofdrew

    momofdrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have read that they will eat mice when given a chance... chickens are omnivorus... they like meat...
     
  4. karen71

    karen71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep trying to get mine to go into the shed and eat the mice that are eating their feed [​IMG]

    I heard that chickens will eat mice but mine don't seen to want to [​IMG]

    They also eat bugs- the way I see it all the protein that they are eating makes some good eating eggs [​IMG]
     
  5. augustmomx2

    augustmomx2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was reading a post about this several weeks ago. I was worried about mice getting into the coop & spreading their "mice diseases" & to be quite honest...rodents FREAK me out!

    I was so excited to read that the chickens eat them! Although watching them do it would totally gross me out too [​IMG]

    Now I have to get some of those chicken diapers...so I can let them run loose in my house...I saw a mouse run across my kitchen...eeekkkk [​IMG]
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Mine think the mice are a tasty treat! Especially baby mice.
     
  7. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep.. good for them, more protein.. tastier eggs.
     
  8. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

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    I think of my chickens as a handy way to dispose of mice I catch in my car (stinking little rodents!) or house. I carry the trap to the run, drop the critter, then watch the chickens play keep away.
     
  9. Chicken Woman

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    Well if we should be concerned about them spreading mouse diseases then would't the chickens get it by eating them ? Maybe worms or something !! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Mice carry specific viruses which cannot live in a chicken. A chicken's
    body is very different from a mouse's which is more like ours.

    You're fine and your chickens are getting a good source of protein. [​IMG]
     

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