ok for girls to catch mice?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mschazz, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. mschazz

    mschazz In the Brooder

    Oct 12, 2010
    Just saw the darnedest thing while gathering eggs,,one of my girls caught a mouse in the coop!! The chase was on! After playing with it, they ate it!! I use no chemicals so it shouldn't be toxic,,I'm sure the mouse is well fed,,,eating chicken feed and grain!! Was funny to watch! Should be OK,,right??

  2. nakedneckmom

    nakedneckmom Chirping

    May 28, 2012
    I just wanted to second this story to say that a rat was bringing things (from the compost) into the girls nesting boxes and one day it was dead-flat out on the area in front of the boxes! His eyes and other body parts completely gone. The day before one of the eggs was broken in the nest, which has never happened before but I assumed one of the younger hens (who just starting laying) maybe stepped on them wrong or something. But once I saw the dead rat, I think it was the rat that broke/tried to eat the egg and that was final straw! I think they were protecting their eggs [​IMG]

    Anyway, my girls didn't really eat much of the rat, just mutilated it. But I have seen them catch small lizards and eat them. They are fine so far [​IMG]
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I've seen my chickens catch and eat birds, mice, frogs and at least two small snakes. Little dinosaurs! LOL
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I moved some old planks one day - the chickens were ever-present, of course, waiting for crickets or bugs. Well, there were two mouse nest under the planks - didn't see the full grown mice but the chickens, much to my horror, gobbled down the pink, hairless baby mice. Pretty freaky but like sumi posted above....little dinosaurs!

  5. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    Proof they can. From a friend of mine :)

    I've seen my own do it, but never had a camera ready to capture the madness. Mine were fine. Mice are good protein!
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2012
  6. Ditto what others have experienced with the 'mouse frenzy'. My flock's fav summer treat is tomatoes which they toss around and play tag with and when they catch a mouse it is the same thing with the result at the end - devouring it in total. Chickens are omnivores and eat meat as well as plants, etc.
  7. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

    Apr 8, 2008
    My flock will catch and eat mice, too. We don't have any mouse problems in the hen house. Bags of feed stored there stay vermin-free.

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