I found a mouse in my coup?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Stephanie-hall, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Stephanie-hall

    Stephanie-hall Out Of The Brooder

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    I was walking by the coup door today and saw a mouse could be a small rat but I found it in the coup. Should I be worried? Will it hurt my chickens? What do I do?[​IMG]
     
  2. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mice are carriers of all sorts of sickening diseases
     
  3. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    I would be worried...mice & rats carry nasty diseases. They can also stress out your flock. They may be attracted by the feed. There is another thread on here regarding some kind of 'poison' that can be put out that wont harm the chickens or other animals. I have heard of chickens making mincemeat out of rodents, but I don't know that you can count on that.
     
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually if the chickens can catch the mouse, they'll kill and eat it. The biggest thing you need worry about from mice is the amount of feed they consume/spoil. It is a good idea to keep any food in mouse-proof containers. I use a 50 gal Brute trash can--holds 250 lbs of layer pellets.

    ETA: Also mice can raise havoc with wiring--I've had them nest under water heaters and chew the wires. You have to make sure the bottoms of these are covered.

    Rats, on the other hand, will kill and partially eat a chicken and love eggs.
     
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  5. Stephanie-hall

    Stephanie-hall Out Of The Brooder

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    So far the chickens have been ignoring the pest I think it's a mouse it's a bit to small to be a rat it just looked a little bigger then a mouse. I'll look up the other thread for mouse poison. Thanks for the advice! [​IMG]
     
  6. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    I recall one year finding mice living in the straw bales I lined the metal coop with.Lots of pee and poop! I started setting mice traps all over with a milk crate over it to protect all but the mice.
     
  7. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I had my druthers, I'd set traps in an area that was not accessible to the chickens or other animals and dispose of the body. Poison is so indiscriminate and you never know what will eat the body--maybe one of your chickens.
     
  8. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] be woried they spred all kinds of diseisis [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oops! did i spelll the words wrong in the post above me?
     
  10. BetterHensandGardens

    BetterHensandGardens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of chickens do you have? We have Golden Buffs and Buckeyes, and the Buckeyes will make mincemeat out of a mouse. I'd heard they were good "mousers" and finally saw if for myself the other day, I feel sorry for any mouse that attempts to get close to our chickens feed! The chickens just seemed to consider the mouse the same as they would any other bug they'd eat. I'm sure there must be other breeds that also consider mice this way...........
     

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