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Poisons are messy. Snap traps are cheap and effective. Modern designs make them pretty safe to use around other pets, kids, etc. Use something that they can't run off with - peanut butter works great.
I have a mouse problem in my coop and I too was worried about using mouse poison. I purchased one of these metal mouse catchers that you put the sticky traps in. I didn't use the sticky trap instead I did the poison blocks. The mice go in but can't get back out until you dump the trap. I purchased the one with the clear cover so I could see when the mice are dead before opening it. So far so good in a weeks time I was able to get rid of 4 mice so far. I really like this trap so far....this way also the chickens can't get them mice after being poisoned you just dump them in the garbage or burn barrel. You can use the sticky traps also if you really want to avoid the poion all together. Hope this helps and best of luck!!
We have those white V traps and put peanut butter in them. Got up the next morning and one trap was clamped down, peanut butter gone and no mouse. The next day. hubby was working from home and heard clanging coming from the kitchen. Saw the trap flailing around with a mouse in it - not dead, just trying to get out. So, we've crossed those off our list....
I never thought I would have to resort to poison. We never had a problem in the city. We even have two indoor cats and two dogs in the house who are all "welcome to our home!" with the visitors! LOL
I have it in the coop with the chickens but I have a small brick on the top so the chickens can't "drag" it around the coop. Plus, it's under the nesting boxes so it's really not a spot they go to often.