Mice carrying away chicken eggs

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by doshpashta, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. doshpashta

    doshpashta Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 8, 2012
    We noticed the other day that our broody chicken's eggs went missing! After some investigation, we found a family of mice scurrying away when we lifted some old pipes. Tomorrow we are planning on moving those pipes away, but is there anything we can do to thoroughly get rid of these mice, or at least stop them from stealing chicken eggs? I'm planning on spreading some fox repellent near them, too, in the hopes that might discourage them. We also caught two of the mice and fed them to our chickens.
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Safford, Arizona
    your gonna have to trap them, once you got a mouse there will be more ! They will ruin anything !
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    Removing the habitat that supports the mice will make a big difference. Of course, trapping will help encourage the reduction in population as well.

    If the chickens catch them, then it is free lunch time.

  4. littleoak

    littleoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    Ashmore IL 61912
    Mice are always a problem with chickens but I don't think they are stealing eggs. I have never heard of a mouse taking eggs. Rats maybe. Mice are hard to completely remove but with constant trapping you get some relief. I take a small cage and put baited traps in it. The chickens can't get in the cage so I can place it anywhere.
  5. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2007
    Fair Oaks, California
    i have really good luck with my rat zapper, baited with peanut butter. If you put it anywhere near your chickens, you can put it inside a box with a hole just big enough for a mouse to get into.
  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    You need to get rid of the mice, but I doubt that they are carrying eggs away. That's a big item for a little mouse.

    They will eat eggs, but are not capable of carrying a hen egg. If entire eggs are disappearing, you've got an additional problem.

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