mouse killers

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by robinm609, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. robinm609

    robinm609 Just Hatched

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    Today I witnessed my chickens kill and consume a mouse. A very brutal sight, as they pulled the poor little thing apart. Should I be concerned that they ate it? Can they get diseases from such behavior?

    My outdoor cats catch and eat rodents all the time, without any ill-effects, but should I now worry about my chickens' health?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of having a flock of velociraptors! The ills that *could* result are the same as those your cats may encounter - infections of parasites from the consumed mouse (ie worms). Really nothing to be concerned about and, short of confining the birds in a totally mouseproof enclosure, nothing you can prevent. Monitor the flock for parasite issues the same as you should anyway and treat if/when it becomes necessary.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Cats are probably more at risk from mammalian pests in/on mice than the chickens are.
     
  4. Coyox

    Coyox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish my chickens would forage mice. :p
     
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  5. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens LOVE mice!!
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Mine haven't gotten that memo yet. I lifted up the heated water bowl one day, two mice ran out right past a couple of my chickens and they just stood there and watched them go... My dog, however, at least makes an effort to catch them.
     
  7. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A good way to get Cocci is from earthworms, as a matter of fact. They have dirt going through their bodies, and Cocci lives in dirt.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    <scratcheshead> what does cocci and earthworms have to do with topic of mice?
     
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  9. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing at all to worry about. I catch mice in live colony traps and feed them to my birds - they love 'em. One time I was cleaning my RIR pens and found a whole nest of about 15 baby mice under a water fount and the birds gobbled them up in just a few seconds. I was able to skip the meal worm treat that day.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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