Mice, ants & little spiders

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cleoandtheo, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. cleoandtheo

    cleoandtheo Songster

    Do I need to worry if these get near the coop? We found mice in our basement, and apparently they were after the laying mash. Can they or will they hurt the girls? Do you think the girls might eat the ants or little spiders? I worry about spraying for bugs because what if they carry poison toward the coop.... There is always something to worry about!
  2. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Don't spray. Spiders are just little protein snacks with legs - let the girls eat 'em up! They will love you for it. [​IMG]
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    I would get rid of the mice.One year I found them living under the straw bales I had put in the coop to keep the girls warm in the winter.
    Lot of pee and poo under ther straw,and those mice carry ticks.Leave the spiders,and if the ants are biters I would put some DE around the coop so they can't get in. I hate those biting ants.
  4. spotstealer

    spotstealer Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Poynette, WI
    Quote:I agree. Get rid of the mice. Be sure to use methods that won't hurt your birds. Mice also can carry diseases and can attract other predators.
  5. cleoandtheo

    cleoandtheo Songster

    What about GOPHERS??? Are gophers a threat to chickens??

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