Mouse eating

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Whitney9988, May 17, 2009.

  1. Whitney9988

    Whitney9988 Out Of The Brooder

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    The other day I mouse got into the coop and the chickens went on attacked mode, killed it, and then ate it. I was disgusting but couldn't catch up to the bird to grab and toss the mouse. I was wondering if this is normal and is it ok for them to eat the mice?[​IMG]
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Perfectly normal

    Imp- Good chicken
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Mine think mice are a tasty treat...yes, it's normal.
     
  4. country freedom

    country freedom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chickens are omnivores, just like we (most of us) are. They need greens, meat, and grains to be healthy.
     
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I trapped a couple of mice in my shop last night and empty the traps into the chicken run. Then I got to watch a rousing game of chicken keep away.
     
  6. Whitney9988

    Whitney9988 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thats good. At least you got to see keep away and not tug-o-war in which case, both chickens split the prize lol. Not a pretty picture:th. Can mice spread diseases though? Or do chickens have immunes systems to fight of most diseases they carry?
     
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Mice can carry roundworm, but so can earthworms.

    Just think of it as extra protein. And be grateful you don't have access to the list of what chickens ingest daily - I'm confident it's really, really nasty.
     
  8. Chickygirl55

    Chickygirl55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup mine love mice too and it seems the mice love thier food so they get plenty of mice in thier diet when they can catch them that is lol. Ive seen both the keep away version and tug of war unfortunately and none of my chickens seem the worse for wear so far.
     

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