raising pinkies

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by colowyo0809, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. colowyo0809

    colowyo0809 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I was cleaning out the coop today and came across a mouse nest. there were several rather young mice in it so I did what anyone would do. I picked up the lot of em and tossed em out the door [​IMG] The chickens went crazy and started fighting over the young mice. So, it got me thinking. In terms of winter at least, would it be a bad thing to raise mice to feed the young to the birds, kinda like if you have a snake? or would that me too much protein for the birds?
     
  2. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

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    [​IMG] Interesting idea!

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  4. colowyo0809

    colowyo0809 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    *sigh* well, maybe in the morning [​IMG]
    One of the side benefits of this is that you could sell the extras to area pet stores for their snakes and such [​IMG]
     
  5. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "meat" is not all that high in protein. Lots of water.. I believe meat is around 25% protein. I would have no worries about too much protein..

    That is about where my advice ends. My birds gobbles them up too when they find them. A chicken on a quality range is mostly eating little "meaty" things along with some grass shoots.. Lots and lots of protein..

    be well
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  6. colowyo0809

    colowyo0809 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, that answers that question [​IMG] Thanks!
     
  7. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

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    My big concern would be containing them, and what would happen if defcon 5 happened and you lost containment.
     
  8. dntd

    dntd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rats are easier to breed, they bite less too. They can live on dog food or rat chow from the farm store.
     
  9. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Intersting topic...
     
  10. BekahBear

    BekahBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree 100% on this one. From experience, I would much rather raise rats than mice. They don't smell near as bad either.
     

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