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Re: Chickens are Myrmecophages

Tug of chicken?

I heard they have personalities, too.


On 5/22/2012 10:02 PM, Dann Pigdon wrote:
On Wed, May 23rd, 2012 at 12:26 PM, Augusto Haro<augustoharo@gmail.com>  wrote:

I knew a hen which in one occassion preyed upon a juvenile crotalid
snake (Bothrops), not mattering the latter being venomous.
My mother's hand-raised chickens love to hunt and kill field mice, then play a 
game with the
carcass until it falls to pieces (whoever can keep possession of it for the 
longest seems to win). If a
mouse is spotted by one of the chickens, then it quite enthusiastically hunts 
it down and quickly kills
it. They don't eat the mice though - I suspect they're too well fed, killing 
the mice for fun much like
an equally well-fed cat would.

Any new chickens introduced to the group quickly learn the game, and become 
proficient rodent
hunters themselves. It's like watching a bunch of rotund velociraptors at work.

Chickens are opportunistic omnivores, so I suspect they'll make the most of any 
available. That may just happen to be termites in some regions.