Best way to get rid of mice?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tharrell, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. tharrell

    tharrell Songster

    Jul 28, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    What is the best way to control the mice population in and around the coop? I had been thinking all this time that I was losing a battle against one mouse because there is only one tunnel/hole, but today I got some new traps and I have so far caught 5 in about a 3 hour period. What can I do to control this? I have a cat and he checks in about once a week or so but doesn't really leave our yard and by the looks of him he is eating VERY well so I assume he is eating some. Any suggestions?
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    I keep rat poison out, where nothing cant get to it, like bait boxes and such.
  3. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    If you have a cat eating some of the mice watch the poisons. There are traps you can get that are very effective to suppliment kitty's efforts. Clean up anything you can find that is attracting them. Keep the chicken food in closed containers like covered metal trash cans, and off the coop floor as much as possible.
  4. fairladi_chick

    fairladi_chick In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2008
    gray court,sc
    try lookin for holes that the mice might be gettin in from & patch the holes.
  5. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    A cat
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    The chickens may eat them too...[​IMG]
    Obelisk ate a pinky once...
  7. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    get another cat [​IMG], or 5...i got some i can give you
  8. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
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  9. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    A snake is the best way. [​IMG] Last summer we had a bad mice problem in our feed barn, one day I had the door open and saw just the tail of a snake going behind the feed. There was no way I was going to move all that feed so I just warned DW that there was a snake in there and keep your eyes open. within about 3 days there wasn't a mouse "in da house".

    Steve in NC
  10. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    We had this problem for a brief time in early winter, and the cat formerly known as the best mouser around had gone into semi-toothless retirement. We stayed on the traps aggressively, setting 2-3 a night until things were under control. Fig Newtons did the trick in the snap traps.

    I don't really like killing local critters, but mice are carriers of enough diseases that can affect my animals that I just don't take the chance with it once they get into the house, run or storage rooms. The snap traps killed quickly, minimal to no suffering. It's about as good as it gets.

    Good luck!

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