My chickens are addicted......

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BubbaLikesIt, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. BubbaLikesIt

    BubbaLikesIt Songster 5 Years

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    Addiction. It's hard to talk about. It's an ugly thing. My chickens have become.....how do I put it......mice eaters. It started slowly, and when you see a chicken gulp down a mouse, right then you know they are the direct descendants of dinosaurs. Mean ones. Now, these chickens actually hunt the mice. Searching the woodpile, around the feed buckets, they are obsessed with mice meat. What's next? Squirrels? Rabbit's?
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Crowing

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    You say this like it's a bad thing......
    here's one of mine
    a mouse.jpg
     

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  3. PollyGirl21

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    Well, first of all, are you okay with them eating mice? (I personally feel bad for the poor little creatures) If you are okay with them eating mice, then just let them be, I guess. If not, try to steer them away from the woodpiles and the places mice like to hide. If your chickens find one, don't let them eat it. Try distracting them with "better" treats.
    It's normal for chickens to eat mice, but you are right, your chickens do have an odd obsession for them. perhaps they are not getting enough protein in their diet???
    Second, They won't be going after squirrels and rabbits. I imagine those critters are too big for them. :)
     
  4. Ducklover2

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    our chickens eat the mice our cats catch but dont eat. Its gross but its protein.
     
  5. TnT homestead

    TnT homestead Chirping

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    Only worry if they try to stock a deer, but please film it
     
  6. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Crowing

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    Who needs a cat when they have little dinosaurs around! :drool I think it's a pretty good addiction for them to have. As long as there is no mouse poison around your place. ;)
     
  7. I'm just hoping mine hunt the scorpions, spiders, mormon crickets, jerusalem crickets, normal crickets, grasshoppers... If they want to thin the mouse population, they're welcome to go hunt the hay shed! Just so long as they stay away from my breeders, since I raise rodents for my snakes.
     
  8. GldnValleyHens

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    They can eat mice, I think it is sorta funny, though I feel bad for the mouse too. But I hate it when I find a poor little toad, dismembered and crushed by chicken beaks, or a big fat toad with a big hole in it's head from a hen. I love toads, and since they are becoming threatened in areas due to pesticides and crops, it's more important to me than ever for them to thrive. My chickens have killed mice, toads, snakes, and the ducks go after the squirrels and rabbits. I dunno why. When they see one hop into the yard they all waddle after it.
     
  9. Heh! My bay mustang mare goes into a territorial fury if she sees rabbits near her hay. She about gave a big old jackrabbit a heart attack, chasing it out of the yard, a while back. Who needs dogs when they have a guardhorse? (Yeah, I also have four dogs... Horse does a better job.)
     
  10. Kasilofchrisn

    Kasilofchrisn Chirping

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    I like watching mine play keep away with a mouse.
    Hard to feel bad for the mouse when it's natures way.
    Mice are not in any way a threatened species. They are actually a nuicance pest and can pilfer your chickens feed and spread diseases.
    I had a Ferret once and man did he love eating Rats.
    That was nice as the rats pilfered a lot of chicken feed.
    If a mouse ever means more to me than my chickens I would have to give up raising them for sure.
     

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