- Sep 7, 2015
Yesterday, while only a few feet away from me, one if my hens pounced and grabbed a young rat from the grass in broad daylight. The other hens wanted to "share" and quite a ruckus ensued. By the time I wrangled the rat away, it was dead, so I buried it. Had I not intervened, I'm sure they would have torn it apart and eaten it. I have never heard of chickens doing this sort of thing. Is this common, or as bizarre as it seemed to me at the time? If they had eaten it, would it have been harmful? And then I had a very unsettling rat dream last night...