Will Eating a Whole Mouse Hurt a Hen?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rockstar, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. rockstar

    rockstar Out Of The Brooder

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    The hen ate the whole mouse with one gulp. Will she be able to digest it?
     
  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    Should be able to digest it, mine eat mice sometimes. Once the mouse was too big, and it just coughed it back up, yuk!
     
  3. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Chickens love mice. It will be fine.
     
  4. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All's I'm Saying
     
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    I've seen my big Cochin roo chase down a mouse and eat it like that. Despite what some people think, chickens eat more than just vegetables.
     
  6. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My oldest hates that ours eat toads. He went from loving the chickens to hating them over that fact. The only concern I can think of is if the mice have gotten into poison.
     
  7. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think of that, and the claws. *shudder* At least frogs don't have claws.

    That would just freak me out. I'd be pacing and hoping just like Rockstar seems to be.
     
  8. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Think of birds of prey.......they are, only domesticated!
     
  9. rockstar

    rockstar Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I was hoping to get that kind of feedback. Both of my grandmothers had chickens when I was little. I never heard them say anything about chickens eating mice, so I was concerned as to how that gizzard could digest a mouse.
     
  10. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen mine eat the following & survived [​IMG]

    mice
    pinky mice
    pinky possums [​IMG]
    6 inch copperhead
     

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