Yuck! I found my hens eating a dove. Should I be worried?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KandJsmama, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. KandJsmama

    KandJsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    This morning I discovered my pullets eating a dove that had fallen out of a tree in our yard. Is this safe? Can they catch something from the meat of the dove? Are there warning signs I should watch for? Thanks!
  2. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2009
    Pardon me, but I just have to say:

  3. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Perfectly normal chook behavior. They like meat which is why they eat bugs. Not to worry. I would not let one of mine eat a starling tho. One guy pposted in predators section that he shot a coon or coyote and slit it open and dropped in the run. He said that by sundown they had finished eating one side and he was going to flip it over for them to do the other side the next morning. [​IMG]
  4. smileyfacecat

    smileyfacecat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2009
    Wrentham, MA
    As long as it wasn't diseased I can't see it causing any problems.
  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    I would only worry if you were planning on raising doves. [​IMG]
  6. KandJsmama

    KandJsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well we are not planning on raising doves since they eat all our feed! Thanks for the responses. I feel much better. It was definitely and EWWWWW to look at. [​IMG]
  7. Oopoo

    Oopoo Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 10, 2009
    you might want to watch for lice or other bugs, just in case
  8. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Quote:Just be thankful that there aren't many Dodge Omnis left after all chickens are Omnivores [​IMG] [​IMG]

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