Farmboy - I have a field mice problem around my coop. Every so often I set a bunch of snap traps baited with peanutbutter and chicken food in an area the chickens can't get to - like behind a board leaning against the side of the run or inside a chicken wire circle.
I do that for a few days to knock the population down, It helps, but it's not perfect.
I got rats and were it not for the democratic system around here I would poison the chit out them. they say the cats and chickens will eat the dead rats and kill them made Ravyns rat bucket caught one . almost shot the cat shooting at rats. 22 LR bird shot isn't strong enough 22 mags are but cost to much would use shorts but might shot something I'm not supposed to I hate rats but I like to shoot them . going to try the bucket with a different approach .As soon as I get it built I'll show you what I'm doing . Just got like zero time . just got home at 5:30 took Ben to Mcdonalds came home feed and watered gather eggs and it started raining and now I'm here .But finely brought my little skid loader home and maybe just maybe I'll get the lights run under ground to my chicken house. DW just informed me we have been invited to dinner and a show this Saturday night by the CEO of the hospital were she works .I'll get in trouble for sure . they will ask me what I do . And of course I'll say I'm a professional ditch digger and that will tick her off .But free dinner and a show be my luck it will be a country music show guess I better start practicing to be good now .and maybe I can pull it off . It is very nice to be able to spend time with you all this evening hope everyone is well and thank ou so much for having Me . I'm gonna have to think about this some more for sure . I don't know if I can sit still that long and not swear . Construction worker is so hard to overcome .