I'm Tired of Feeding Mice

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Barry Natchitoches, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2008
    I live near a drainage ditch and also a large field.

    The mice in the area have all moved into my henhouse, and night time in that henhouse has turned into a popular mouse hangout. I can't just pull up the food at night, because it is often noon or later before my wife or I can get out to the henhouse the next day. The chickens can't go without food that long.

    What can we do to get this mouse problem under control?

    Do they make rodent proof feeders for chickens?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
  2. rirbrahma

    rirbrahma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2011
    I would seriously think about getting some silkies!! All my chickens learned to kill mice from my silkie, maggie! [​IMG]
  3. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
    Maybe hanging a feeder from the top of the coop and put some sort of cover over the top of the feeder so even if the mice climb down the rope or chain, they would just slide off of the cover.. I'll see if I can find a picture of what im talking about!
  4. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
    I cant find the photo but this is what I seen someone take off of a bird feeder, Thread it over the chain that the chicken feeder was attached to and hung it from the roof of the coop.. Its a squirrle guard for bird feeders. Put that on top of your chicken feeder and hang it, the mice would just slide off!

  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  6. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    I'd start trapping mice and cutting back on the amount I feed the cat.

    p.s.: Natchitoches? I been there before.
  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I use a cat and a coop on legs (so there is no cozy space under the coop for the mice to take up residence). Those treadle feeders are pretty great, too!

    FWIW, mice (and other rodents) can JUMP. You can't hang a feeder high enough to keep a mouse out and still have the chickens able to eat.
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Actually, the chickens CAN go without food that long. They are more flexible that one would think. Feeding around noon and again at 5pm? They would be just fine As long as they have water available. Is it ideal? Perhaps not, but better than feeding the rodents. Trying to slow a rodent herd is tough. Kill all you want, but nature fills the void and more and more keep coming, especially if they are gorging at your expense. The rodent poo everywhere, thick, in your henhouse isn't a pleasant thought either. Just sayin'.
    Old time farmer only fed their chickens at night for decades. You'd be doing far better than that.
  9. Al Gerhart

    Al Gerhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2011
    Oklahoma City
    Self serving post here! Look at the bottom of the individual forum index pages for my ad for a rodent resistant feeder. The door swings forward and backward rather than up and down like the treadle feeder, safer for the birds. Or do a search in the forum for rat proof chicken feeder and a thread will pop up.
  10. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Al's feeder is great, and there's plans for a home made one of a little different type here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=56638-building-a-treadle-feeder There's also a type on eBay of treadle feeder made of metal.

    I'd still look into some of the poisons like Tom Cat in addition. The Tom Cat line uses a poison that poses little to no risk to animals eating the dead mouse. I have neighbors with cats that do eat mice and rats and have used that poison with no damage to kitties. Naturally you'll want to put it where the chickens can't get to it.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by