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Hunting chickens
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Bkeepr    Posted 07-30-2004 at 04:44:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yesterday evening I saw something I'd never seen before, was wondering if I've just led a sheltered life.

Wife and I were standing around, our free range poultry meandering looking for bugs and stuff as always. Suddenly one of the chickens alerted, looked like a cat on the prowl, and quick as a wink pounced about 3 feet and grabbed a field mouse out of the grass with the clear intention of killing and eating. (Wife put a stop to it...she even stops the cats when she sees 'em, but that is another story).

Anyway, anybody else see a hunter chicken before? I thought the only live stuff they ate was bugs and worms.

Tom A

DigitalMat    Posted 07-30-2004 at 18:13:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chickens are definately carnivores. Their attentioned is attracted by movement, and they check it out. Growing up, we had about 150 chickens. We had to be careful that when rooster injured another in a fight, other chickens would peck at the wound and eventually kill the rooster. All of them would do it every time he walked by. We found one under the chicken house one time that had been picked completely clean to the bones. Not very funny.

Manitoba    Posted 07-30-2004 at 11:23:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I see it alot, especially when we crank up the augers for the first time in the spring. Mice make their nests in them and when it spits the nest out onto the ground the chickens gobble up the mother mouse and all of her babies...
Each bird usually grabs one and runs away from the flock...just to be greedy

Ron/PA    Posted 07-30-2004 at 06:50:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sure have seen it, alot of times. That's why birds that are raised on the floor, like broilers and meat birds rarely have a rat problem, they will kill them at first sight.
Birds raised in cages, like commercial layers, have a horrible rat problem cause the birds can't get at them.

Stormie    Posted 07-30-2004 at 06:05:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have seen my parents chickens kill frogs, mice and voles.

Kellyb    Posted 07-30-2004 at 05:33:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've NEVER seen anything like that having been
around chickens all my life! That is too funny.
esp. the story about the rat.. Mom and Dad's
chickens stand around and wait to get the cat food
and any of the scraps we feed the

EGH    Posted 07-30-2004 at 05:09:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Beekeeper, when i was a kid, i used to go over
to my uncle Rays farm in Arkansas, he raised
1,000s of chickens at a time in those large brooder houses, well one morning during feeding
time, i lifted the gate on a feed bin to fill my
wheelbarrow and out junped a large rat, i being a
youngin thought the rat would get one of the chicks, just the opposite, them chicks jumped on
that rat and picked him clean, i just stood there
with my pie hole wide open, uncle Rays just about
wet himself laughing at me. good times! well since
then i have seen chickens kill and eat just about everything that aint tied down, including some of
my gamecocks killing and eating copperheads. egh

mojo    Posted 07-30-2004 at 04:57:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never heard of such a thing!! That's wild! Say she tried to eat it? I could understand if she mistook it for a rat and wanted to protect her nest. Mother nature is the ultimate "reality show"!

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