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Starting to get cold here in south Louisiana. Noticed a couple of field mice around the coop, guess they are looking to stay warm in the hay. What can I use to keep them out.
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Starting to get cold here in south Louisiana. Noticed a couple of field mice around the coop, guess they are looking to stay warm in the hay. What can I use to keep them out.
Thanks in advance


Keeping mice out is a challenge - any gap at all (keep in mind, they can go through seemingly impossibly small spaces) will have to be sealed off, hardware cloth is a great tool.  Do you have an enclosed run or does the coop open to a free range area for the birds and, if no run, do you close the coop up at night? 

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Open for free range.
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Open for free range.

Unfortunately that is going to make mouseproofing difficult.  The best thing you can do is make it as unattractive as possible -- remove feed at dusk and replace at dawn to avoid drawing the mice in for an all-night buffet, keep attractive mouse hiding spaces to a minimum as much as possible, etc.  Do you have a nice barn cat that would like to live around the coop?

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Starting to get cold here in south Louisiana. Noticed a couple of field mice around the coop, guess they are looking to stay warm in the hay. What can I use to keep them out.
Thanks in advance

Maybe if you got some chickens, they'd chase the mice out of the coop.

 

 

 

Oh, wait.

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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BBQ JOE

SOUNDS LIKE U R A DALLAS COWBOYS FAN!!!!!!! OH WAIT, THEY DON'T SCORE EITHER !!!
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BBQ JOE

SOUNDS LIKE U R A DALLAS COWBOYS FAN!!!!!!! OH WAIT, THEY DON'T SCORE EITHER !!!

I theen I missed the joke.

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Open for free range.

Unfortunately that is going to make mouseproofing difficult.  The best thing you can do is make it as unattractive as possible -- remove feed at dusk and replace at dawn to avoid drawing the mice in for an all-night buffet, keep attractive mouse hiding spaces to a minimum as much as possible, etc.  Do you have a nice barn cat that would like to live around the coop?

Keep feed in metal can with tight lid.

Put traps around where birds can't get into them.

Keep coop bedding stirred up, especially under 'things'...

.....I found tons of shed feathers and chewed up paper towel under a portable nest and ramp when I cleaned coop a few weeks ago.

Never really took up residence as I saw the torn paper towel and set traps, caught mouse next day.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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