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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nikki82, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Nikki82

    Nikki82 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so I was out building the new coop for Tigga(new EE chick), that will become a broody coop when I have the little one integrated. I had Tigga(in a pet carier) spending time with the big girls in there pen when I heard a comotion. At first I though that some how Tigga had gotten out of the pet carier, but to my relief s/he hadn't. The big girls had caught a mouse, clearly killed it, and where fighting over it. I didnt' even realize that we had a mouse problem as I hadn't seen any signs. So I felt the need to intervene as it was getting a little vicious and I dind't want blood drawn, so I grabbed the one with the mouse at the time (turned out to be Meenie) and pulled her out of the pen. I tried to get the mouse away from her as I had never heard of chickens eating them, but she ate it before I could do anything about it. I put her back in the pen and continued my work. A few minutes later they had anouther mouse, so again I pulled the one who had it out (this time Eenie), and she ate the mouse too. So, has anyone ever heard of chickens doing this, or are mine just weird? And should I worry about the mice, or just let them take care of them?
     
  2. frostbite

    frostbite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your chickens sound pretty normal to me. Viscious carnivores they are, related to velociraptors! Mice beware!!!
     
  3. Nikki82

    Nikki82 Out Of The Brooder

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    Really? So I can add small vertabrates to the list of things that they eat? I knew about insects, spiders, and any number of plants (including fruits, vegies, and grains), but I didn't realize that they would eat small vertabrates too. Atleast not until I saw it.
     
  4. frostbite

    frostbite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's why folks don't generally raise chickens and gerbils in the same coop.[​IMG]
     
  5. cochunk

    cochunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickens will eat everything and anything even eachother.[​IMG]
     
  6. Nikki82

    Nikki82 Out Of The Brooder

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    I grew up in a place where I wasn't alowed to have chickens as pets, the closest I ever got to them as a kid was the dinner plate. I'm still pretty new to all this, but I'm doing my best to catch up.
     
  7. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your birds aren't weird. Sound pretty normal. [​IMG] They'll also eat small snakes (i.e. garter) if given the chance. Might want to start looking at controlling the mice tho. Make sure the draw for them isn't the chicken feed. The more readily available it is to the mice, the more you'll have.
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Seriously though, they really love the 'pinks'. 'Pinks' are the itty bitty baby mice, though they will eat the adults too if they can catch them! Just wait until they find a garter snake, now that is a sight to see!
     
  9. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    agreed, totally normal.

    every so often, a mouse will drown in one of our stock waterers... throw it to the chickens for an extra special treat hah. they go crazy chasing each other around for it.
     
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Mine won't eat a mouse that is already dead. I guess they like the thrill of the chase [​IMG]
     

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