Keeping mice out?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Kenshan1, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Kenshan1

    Kenshan1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2010
    Bonney Lake, WA
    My coop is the other half of our wood shed so plenty of places for mice to live. My feed can has a very tight lid. Yesterday, I found a big dead mouse that had tried to get into the coop but our hotwire is close enough to the ground that it got shocked to death. Was kinda funny yet got me worried. We have big square wire to keep the dogs & racoons out (haven't seen racoons for a few yrs but this is our first yr with chickens). Then chicken wire to keep smaller things out but mice are just small enough to get through the chicken wire. I have black ground cover cloth, I wonder if that would work to go around the bottom half of the pen. If it would work, should it go on the inside of the coop with the chickens or outside?

    We can't use bait to kill the mice as we have dogs & sometimes let the chickens free range through our yard.

  2. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2007
    St.Charles, QC
    This thread seems to have gotten lost. I have mice problems too so I'd like to hear what others do. [​IMG]
  3. fl_deb

    fl_deb Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2010
    I am in process of building box traps, essentially a box big enough that a rat caught in trap is not reachable from outside of box.

    I plan on using these around my coop and run, which are rat proof, with 1/2 inch hardware cloth all around and top, whereas floor is raised plywood.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I imagine that what works for me for rats would also work for you with mice.

    Buy bait tubes and put "Just One Bite" rat poison bait that you can get at the feed store inside the tube slathered in peanut butter.
    I don't have a rat problem as long as I keep my bait tubes full of poison.
  5. rolffamily

    rolffamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    I put a rat trap under a plastic open-weave type milk crate with a big patio block on top. It can go right inside my coop without the chickens getting at it.
  6. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia

    I just put a little in the rat hole and cover it with a chunk of concrete block. Whatever works for you to keep chickens and dogs and such away from it.

    The chemical in Just One Bite is bromadiolone. Unlike the usual warfarin rat poisons, it has no effect on whoever eats the dead rat. I have three dogs and 2 cats, most of whom have been seen eating rats/mice.
  7. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    NW Kentucky
    I pick up my feeders at night and don't leave any feed outside. Only have 16 chickens in two small coops/pens though.

    deb g
  8. snowflake

    snowflake Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Belding Michigan
    I am concerned about poisons as we used it in the basement and when I cleaned I found little piles every were . Mice are hoarders, if the chickens get a hold of rat poison; that would not be good. I have switched to traps that kill, they can be placed so chickens can not get to them but you don't need to worry about the mice moving the poison

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