Originally Posted by coop410silkies
I have MICE. All over. Brooders and chicken feed in the house draw them like flies to a cadaver. I wish I had snakes. I use the water traps and try to set my feeders up so the mice can't get in them, but it's an on-going struggle.
Recipe for mouse killer yhat won't kill your chickens if they get into it.
One cup oat meal or ground up chicken feed pellets
40 to 50 rasins or some other dried fruits( that shriveled up apple that has been on the counter will work). Probably a quarter of it. Slice it up small and let it dry for a few.
1/2 to 1 cup of plaster of paris.
Put this mixture in a short container out of the way of the chickens but where the mice can get to it. The mice will eat it and the plaster will harden in their stomachs and will die.
If a chicken eats one of the mice at this point it will not harm them. It just makes their poop white.
It takes a bit to work but it does work.
I need to mix some more up and place it in the correct spots again. The mice are bad this year like just like last year.
This is a general recipe but you can add or take away as needed. My mice like the apple pieces and it attracks them nicely.
The water traps work nicely also. They are quite a bit faster than the plaster of paris
I received my meat birds today. 56 of them. Most will be sold after being raised on nongmo feed. I still have some in the freezer from last years 40. I also received 5 blue laced red wyandotes for my DW. Now she wants a pretty coop for her pretty birds. That will be a whole new story.
Stay warm guys. Sure is nice to see all the activity on this thread.