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#69367 - 12/17/06 12:42 PM Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....?????
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
Classroom Professor

Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
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!!!

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#69368 - 12/17/06 06:18 PM Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....?????
T. Adkerson Offline
Ruler of the Roost

Registered: 07/08/04
Posts: 895
Loc: Missouri
I had a production red kill and eat a small snake. She swallowed the whole snake. Mine will also eat mice and frogs.

Tim

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#69369 - 12/18/06 09:16 AM Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....?????
Rogo16 Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 10/14/05
Posts: 439
Loc: Arizona
Guess that proves they're omnivores - not vegetarians - and need animal protein. My birds do the same with lizards.
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#69370 - 12/18/06 06:10 PM Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....?????
Chook Hilton Offline
Chicken

Registered: 09/19/04
Posts: 109
Loc: Australia
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.
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#69371 - 12/19/06 01:34 PM Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....?????
Bon Perez Offline
Chicken

Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 89
Loc: California
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.
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#69372 - 12/19/06 07:46 PM Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....?????
Rogo16 Offline
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Registered: 10/14/05
Posts: 439
Loc: Arizona
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.
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#69373 - 12/29/06 03:06 PM Re: Hen kills and eats mouse.....?????
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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!!!

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