Mice & rats

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sheeze98512, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. Sheeze98512

    Sheeze98512 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi & I'm thrilled to be a new member! [​IMG]
    I have 6 Rhodie girls for about 2 yrs now. I'm kinda freaking out cause, I caught my girls eating a fresh dead rodent! I don't know how it died. There are quit a few of them that come out when the girls go to bed. I've raised chickens a few times in my life, but never run across this before! My question is: Can I eat the eggs, or should I wait a few days till it runs out of their system?
    I appreciate any & all input! Thanks!
     
  2. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] that is so sick! I've seen someones hens eating a bird!
     
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  3. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Overrun With Chickens

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  4. 1cock2hens

    1cock2hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should be safe.. I mean assuming you don't have any poison out
     
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  5. Sheeze98512

    Sheeze98512 Out Of The Brooder

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    There's some in our garage, but that's about 200+ feet away from the enclosed yard. When I see them, they're coming out from blackberry bushes right next to the yard.
     
  6. Sheeze98512

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    There's some in our garage, but its 200+ ft away from the chain link yard. There coming out from the blackberry bushes right next to the yard.
     
  7. Eric 2016

    Eric 2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chickens probably eat more stuff like that then we ever know. Something else that a lot of people don't realize is how predator-like chickens can be, I've watched mine destroy toads, salamanders and young chicks.
     
  8. 1cock2hens

    1cock2hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure if the mouse was poisoned the chickens would show signs of poisoning also. I wouldn't worry.
     
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  9. Sheeze98512

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    Thanks for your input! I know they're meat eaters. But never thought of them eating mice/rats before! Blech! [​IMG]
     
  10. Sheeze98512

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    I just caught them doing it about 4-5 hrs ago. That too soon to tell?
     
  11. Eric 2016

    Eric 2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't necessarily agree that the birds would show signs of the mouse was poisoned. Now I'm deffinatly not saying that the mouse was or wasn't poisoned but if it was then the chickens would be secondary poisoned. I did a quick Google search of that and found that secondary poisoning is unlikely to kill an animal because of the very very low dose they would be ingesting. That being said I'll put it this way, on my farm I see chickens eat ALL kinds of stuff and I've never thought twice about eating the eggs.
     
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