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Who knew chooks were carnivores?
An interesting thing happened today.
I was just going to top up the water in one of the chook pens, when I noticed that the water was mucky.
I tipped out the water, to run clean water in, when I noticed a hole in the ground under where the water tub had been.
Hmm.. Snake, or mouse?
I had a running hose in my hand at this point, so decided to just fill the hole with water, keeping a close eye on what might come out of the hole. I was prepared to drop the hose and run!
It took a heap of water, so the hole must have been plenty deep, when a head appeared out of the water. A mouse, followed by several more. They were all adult size, so either no babies, or they didn't make it out. I jumped, and called the dog. She didn't come. Guess what? One of the chooks ran over and grabbed a mouse in her beak and banged it on the ground several times, then ran off to eat it! Amazing. I had no idea they would do that. The rooster who was in the same pen ran over, but didn't see the other 4 or 5 mice huddled by the side of the pen, and they ran off under a small hole to the outside and freedom.
I'm still shocked and amazed that a chook would eat a mouse!
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sorry, had a hose in my hand, instead of the camera.
That is very interesting! I think I could use Chooks here...I HATE mice! LOL
I wish I had touer chooks here! I am having a bit of a prob with them at the moment. I knew they ate meat, but I didn't know they would go for a full-grown mouse.
Yes, i've found chooks can be extremally aggressive- once had a big australorp, and she happily went after a full grown and largish wild rat.
Hi Brombear. Foxes, well they can jump, but not climb. If your pen is taller than chest height, the chooks won't jump/fly out (Mine do even with clipped feathers on one wing) and the foxes won't jump over either. Snake mesh, never heard of it. Sounds like a great idea though. Our dog likes to make little holes bigger, so we're constantly trying to find and patch dog sized holes. She likes food scraps and eggs.
i've seen chooks- we had australorps- take on a big male rat and do the same thing. Do you think big chooks would go small snakes? I'm tossing up between bigguns and bantams for my up and coming garden helpers
ps- thanks for your chooken feedback. valuable stuff to know : )