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mice !!!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by guys family, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. guys family

    guys family New Egg

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    hay all,I have a question,today one of my birds caught a mouse,and the all seven bird got in on the action.is it ok for the birds to eat mice,or should i put traps out.Iv never had a proublem with mice before,but it is geting cold in colorado. [​IMG]
     
  2. HAL_9000

    HAL_9000 Out Of The Brooder

    my chooks catch mice all the time (live in a heavily wooded area with lotsa critters including mice) and they seem to be fine.. some of my chooks are around 6 years old and seem to have no issues.. I think the see mice as a protein treat...
     
  3. lightfoot

    lightfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mice are good for chicks. xcellent protein.[​IMG]
     
  4. guys family

    guys family New Egg

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    thanks for the feed back:lol:
     
  5. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, mice aint gonna hurt them [​IMG] My cat caught and killed one the other day, and when we let one of our hens out..she found it..and eat it ALL. Chickens have been known to eat snakes, lizzurds, and anything that is small and moves really. [​IMG]
     
  6. happyhappy

    happyhappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My DH killed a mouse in the compost bin yesterday and as he's yelling for me I see one of my BR with it in her mouth running with my BO close behind. What a sight. I had him take it away since it would have started a fight between the rest of them and I was thinking diseases. It's just gross funny at the time but gross!

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Bellasmom

    Bellasmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine love to play rat rugby or swallow the mouse, spit it back up and chop it into pieces when they can find one to play with.
     
  8. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A problem with mice occurs when the chickens cannot get at them - after dark.

    Even if you put your feed somewhere the mice can't get at it at night, they are likely to find plenty of spilled feed to support an extended family of the vermin. I have found a hen on one side of the coop door with a mouse on the other side. The hen was waiting to catch the mouse. The mouse was waiting for the light to go off so it could move in and the hen couldn't see it.

    I set cheap old-fashioned Victor mouse traps, baited with raisins and peanut butter, in a cage inside the coop. The cage keeps the chickens away from the traps but the mice can climb thru the wire. They probably see it as kind of a safe haven with a free buffet over in a corner of the coop.

    Steve

    Snap!!!
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2010
  9. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    digitS' :

    I set cheap old-fashioned Victor mouse traps, baited with raisins and peanut butter, in a cage inside the coop. The cage keeps the chickens away from the traps but the mice can climb thru the wire. They probably see it as kind of a safe haven with a free buffet over in a corner of the coop.

    Steve

    Snap!!!

    This is the "Safe" way that i get rid of these pests also.​
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I had an old hen who used to "tenderize" her mice. She'd grip it in her beak and thwack it against something, flip it around in her beak and thwack it again..........over and over, then gulp down the hatch! Mouse always seemed already dead when she started this, not like she was trying to kill or subdue it.
     

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