Mouse eaters?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenmom1, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. chickenmom1

    chickenmom1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've recently discovered that my chickens are great mousers. Does anyone know of any adverse affects that this may have on the chickens?
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  2. GwenDellAnno

    GwenDellAnno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    None that I know of. The protein will be good for them.
     
  3. kulangi

    kulangi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of chicken to do you have? I have heard Buckeye chickens are great mice eaters.
     
  4. chickenmom1

    chickenmom1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buff orphingtons, barred rocks, white star, a whole mix. The barred rocks are brutal.
     
  5. Ace918

    Ace918 Out Of The Brooder

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    The only adverse thing I can think of is, they will need a substitute for the lack of exercise they got chasing the ,now extinct, mice......
     
  6. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our barred rock caught a mouse and the whole flock chased her with it dangling out of her mouth. By the time I got the camera the mouse was gone. Wonder where it went?!?[​IMG]
     
  7. LALASD4

    LALASD4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those Barred Rocks are fast when it comes to food.[​IMG]

    I once seen a chicken kill a rat with an at least 6 inch long body.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Mice, frogs, snakes. My chickens eat em all and clean up their mess afterwards.
     
  9. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I watched a chipmunk tear across my yard this afternoon, with half my flock right on its heels! If the rodent hadn't squeezed into a chink between two logs in the woodpile, it would have been an afternoon snack! As it was, the hens stayed right by that place for almost an hour, pecking at the chink and scratching all around the logs.
     
  10. Riverdale

    Riverdale Out Of The Brooder

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    It's starting to get cold now, and the mice are coming back inside.

    When we catch one in a trap, it goes to the chickens.
    Kinda funny watching them fight over a mouse.
     

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