Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bucky1198, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. bucky1198

    bucky1198 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 21, 2011
    I was watching my chickens in the garden and I noticed one of them running and the others chasing her when I took a close look at what she had it was a mouse dead I guess she did it I got the mouse away from her a thew it away. She followed me all the way to the trash can want nothing more than to eat it. Is there any risk to them eating mice I have never seen them in ther feed or coop but with the grasshoppers that are eating garden I have been putting them in there to help with the grasshoppers but if they found one mouse I'm sure there is more.
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Not really, mice do carry worms, fleas, etc., but, nothing deadly (normally).
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I always let mine eat them and if I find any 'pinkys' I give them to the birds...they love them [​IMG]
  4. dwhite

    dwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    I watched some of my bigger chickens catch a mouse, it was like watching a rugby game.

    I figure for every mouse you see them get there are probably quiet a few more you don' see them get.
  5. wcobert

    wcobert New Egg

    Apr 21, 2011
    Yuck! I don't like mice! If you use poison and the chickens get the mouse- its going to hurt the chicken! I think my cats are going to start living in the coop at night!
  6. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    There is no harm in them eating mice. I have heard people share stories of chickens eating lizards, frogs and even small snakes.

    My hens eat mice all the time. Protein is good for them. (I wouldn't leave out any rat posions, just in case. They are going likely going to eat the mice whether or see them do it or not)

    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012
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