1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

What rodent is this? *Pictures*

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Salve&Fluffer, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Salve&Fluffer

    Salve&Fluffer Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    I found two rodents after part of the grass was mowed. I was raking up the clippings when I saw the first one. I thought it was a mole, so I just watched it. But it did not run away, so I tried poking it with a piece of grass. It tried to hide in the grass but did not run away. (It is brown with a short, stubby, slightly-furred tail. It is smaller than the mice they sell at Petco.) I got gloves and touched it. It did not do anything, so I carefully picked it up. Its eyes were open, it had a "scruff" on almost its whole body, and it did not struggle too much, so I think it's a baby. I'm even more certain of this because when I kept raking, I raked another one. It thrashed around but did not look hurt. I think I killed it, because it stopped moving. It's probably not just playing dead because the other one was not acting like that. Do you have any idea what they are? And more importantly, what they eat? I don't know if they still need milk or not.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    A pic is worth a thousand words.... [​IMG]

    Could it be a baby bunny?
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    no clue what kind of rodent without a pic.. but I soak my processed chicken in buttermilk for the night before baking or crockpotting.

  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

  5. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

  6. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Songster

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    Sounds like a pocket gopher which we have a lot of here in So Cal.
    Where are YOU located? Could you take a picture for us. When I was a kid a buddy of mine lifted a bale of hay and under it was a nest of baby mice. The chickens came running and devoured the mice real fast. Are your chickens interested in eating the rodent in question? I would let them. [​IMG]
  7. Salve&Fluffer

    Salve&Fluffer Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    Quote:I gave it grass clippings, cracked corn mixed with wheat/grass seeds, chicken scratch, and sunflower seeds. I don't know if it ate any yet.

    Quote:I live in Minnesota.

    My chickens were coming over curiously, and they might have eaten it, but I did not let them.

    I found out that the second baby rodent is dead. I buried it. Here are some pictures of the other one:
  8. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Looks like what are called field rats around here.
  9. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    I was leaning towards a vole but the tail description almost fits a lemming.
  10. BloominOrchid

    BloominOrchid Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    Worcester Township
    looks like a baby lemming to me!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: