I found baby mice!!! What should I do??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChickenClaire, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. ChickenClaire

    ChickenClaire In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2013
    I was digging in the backyard looking for worms for my chickens, and I came apon a little cavern in the ground. I looked inside and there were naked newborn mice inside. I've been hearing scrabbling and squeaking when watering my garden and I can hear scrabbling now. I can only see one right now, I hope I didn't bury the others. Should I just leave it there or what?
    Thank you!!
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  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Reptile folks call them pinkies. My chickens love mice, in a culinary sense.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] If you let them grow up, you'll find that they and their relatives can wreck havoc in the coop, stealing chicken feed, leaving droppings all over & maybe spreading disease. They really aren't welcome in a coop anymore than they would be in your house. If the chickens can find them, they will dispose of them for you.
  5. Becki78

    Becki78 In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2013
    I would feed them to the chickens or my husbands snake right away! Either way i would make sure they don't grow up to keep reproducing around my or my chickens house!
  6. Your chickens would appreciate the tender baby mice much more than the tough stringy worms. Mice are also better for chickens than worms because Earth worms can and do harbor a multitude of parasite eggs. Parasite eggs that they've picked up from recent chicken droppings or from chicken manure spread on the garden and that are now ready to be recycled through your chickens' gut.

    If you haven't already done something with or about the mice it is likely too late now because either the mama mouse has moved her young or if she is feeling stressed from all that digging she has more than likely already cannibalized them to avoid wasting the precious food resources she has invested in them.
  7. old1953

    old1953 In the Brooder

    Mar 14, 2013
    I lived through a plague of mice in West Ky about 30 years ago. They were everywhere. If you left a cap outside overnight, there was a nest in it by morning. If you laid down a tool, you'd likely pick it up and see mice run away. They were building nests in tobacco plants, in barns, in grass; they were everywhere.

    After that experience, I was totally over the whole notion of "cute" mice. A cute mouse is one that's very dead. I would not save a mouse.
  8. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Crowing

    Mar 22, 2011
    I once found a nest of them outside i scooped them up and gave them to my chickens as i hate mice. :)
  9. PioneerPrincess

    PioneerPrincess Songster

    Sep 16, 2009
    My brother found a nest of six baby rats. It was hard to do it, but we gave them as food to our corn snakes. We just can't be overrun with them. : / They are cute, but it's not cute when they crawl into and leave waste in your feed and water buckets and in your coops and barns for your producing livestock to get sick from.

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