Hen kills and eats mouse.....?????

Posted by: Loveful Heights

Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/13/06 01:42 PM

I was watching my flock today when I heard a squeak from inside the coop. Suddenly one of my hens ran out with a full grown mouse clutched in her beak. I watched as she ran past all the other hens to a secluded spot where she swallowed the mouse whole. Has anyone ever seen or heard of this? I was amazed. I never thought of hens as mouse eaters.
Posted by: Ron L.

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/13/06 02:27 PM

One of my hens did the same thing except she did'nt eat it whole. It was funny watching her play keep away from all the others.
Posted by: Speckled Hen

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/13/06 02:56 PM

Mine were looking at something on the ground one day so I went to investigate. It was a tiny mouse, just a young one, crawling through the leaves like it didn't know it was supposed to run. They each would grab its tail and toss it around until finally we took it away from them and put it out in the woods. I didn't have the heart to watch them torture it to death!
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/13/06 03:25 PM

oh they will just eat anything huh!? :p i seen mine chase after a chickmunk one time! it got away under the shed.
Posted by: Foehn

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/13/06 11:50 PM

A friend of mine had a hand reared wild mallard which caught and killed sparrows.
Posted by: Oakie

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/14/06 05:07 AM

I lifted up a bucket one day and out shot two mice. My Cochin hen grabbed itand smacked it on the ground three or four times. It was still moving and she carried it to the waterer and dumped it in until it drowned. I wuld have gotten it away from her but she's mean and I thought she might try and dunk me a few times. She didn't eat it though. That's some good protein though. I still to this day will find a mouse in the waterer once in a while.
Posted by: CJR

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/14/06 07:54 AM

It is just possible that there would be no mouse problem in poultry houses, if chickens could see at night! CJR
Posted by: Tajsj

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/14/06 09:03 AM

Yep. Seen mine do it several times. Swallowed them whole. Was shocked the first time I saw it. Didn't know chickens could choke down something that size. They seem to even enjoy eating them as if they were a treat.
T.W.
Posted by: Alisha in CA

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/14/06 03:40 PM

My chickens love mice. They steal them from the cats as well as catch them themselves. I've also seen them catch lizards too. Yuk!
Posted by: Sunni Ten

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/15/06 05:25 PM

I once watched my entire flock chase after one hen that had caught a mouse. I didn't stick around to watch the outsome. Like someone else said, too bad hens don't hunt at night.
Posted by: Jrsygntbrdr1

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/17/06 12:42 PM

I love watching the birds chase after the Starlings that eat their feed! I have one hen that waits in the shadows...when the bird gets close enough, she jumps on top of it, grabs it with her "talons" and pecks it to death. Kind of scary...but she enjoys it! As long as it isn't me!!!
Posted by: T. Adkerson

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/17/06 06:18 PM

I had a production red kill and eat a small snake. She swallowed the whole snake. Mine will also eat mice and frogs.

Tim
Posted by: Rogo16

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/18/06 09:16 AM

Guess that proves they're omnivores - not vegetarians - and need animal protein. My birds do the same with lizards.
Posted by: Chook Hilton

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/18/06 06:10 PM

Yep, mine love to catch mice, they quickly flick it to break the neck, then they run around with their trophy trying to stop others from stealing it, then it gets swallowed whole.

Yes as CJR says, if chooks could see at night they'd feed like kings on mice. It's only the unlucky ones who peek outside their holes for a second during the day that get caught.
Posted by: Bon Perez

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/19/06 01:34 PM

Like Rogo16 said, that proves that they are omnivores.

I was using a FEW strips of bacon in a trap one time. After a few days the bacon was getting pretty dried up, I attempted to pick in up, but it fell out of my hands, one of the hens grabbed it and ran in the other direction. You could just see it in her eyes - Ha Ha, its mine and I'm not going to share, as she was running away from everyone else. Before I could take catch her, gulp, it was gone. I was worried at first, thinking how would she be able to digest ALL that meat. Obviously, she had no problem.
Posted by: Rogo16

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/19/06 07:46 PM

It's claimed that poultry can't see at night. I've gone out in the middle of the night and found the birds at their feeder and then return to their roosts.

It's dark as pitch at 3 a.m. The roosts are 50 feet from the feed. I'm using a flashlight.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....????? - 12/29/06 03:06 PM

I was worried that the magpies landing in my garden might attack my silkie, to my suprise she chased after them, wings flapping! She has been known to run into them, and jump on top of them!!! She is one hard chicken!!!