Mice eating my grain at night!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by darkangels5, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. darkangels5

    darkangels5 New Egg

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    I have a feeder for my layena and a flock block ( both are hanging from the celing) that I leave out all the time so my chickens always have something to eat. Lately I have been noticing that my feed has been eaten faster than normal and I found that my flock block is being hollowed out durning the night. How can I keep the mice out of my feed? My coop is an old alumanium shed that I converted so it dosent seal up very well. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can deter them away from the coop all together?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I remove all feed at night to the garage in a covered pail. The water stays in the run. I have a repeating mousetrap that catches them live, and have been drowning lots of mice.

    This is how I deal with the HUGE field next to my house, which has thousands of mice.

    All chicks 6 weeks and under have food and water available 24/7 in their coops.
     
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  3. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I bring in my feed at night, and store it in a covered container, too. It's not like they do much eating at night.
     
  4. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    I have a wacky schedule, and I don't think my birds would like to wait until 10 or 11 am to get fed, so I can't bring in my feed at night. I have a mouse problem too, so I'll be watching this thread. I did put brometheline down under the largest coop and in my other shed, it disappeared alright, but it made me too nervous to keep it around all the time. [​IMG]
     
  5. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nasty little creatures. Remove the food and store in a sealed container, or they will get to it. A repeating mousetrap is a must!!!
     
  6. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a cat from the shelter, have it fixed and let the fun begin!
     
  7. thewobsers

    thewobsers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use a repeating mousetrap too, we went on you tube and made one ourselves. works great and now i wish we new how to deal with sparrows getting into the coop and eating all of the feed. Any suggestions?
     
  8. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I remember seeing instructions somewhere for building a treadle feeder. The weight of the chicken on the lever dispenses the feed. A mouse would not be heavy enough. Maybe something like that would work. http://www.woodworkingcorner.com/feeder.php
     
  9. poltroon

    poltroon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they're locked in at night, hardware cloth or steel wool in any openings will help. I have the problem during the day, which is much more difficult to solve.
     
  10. poltroon

    poltroon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This looks very useful. There are commercial ones you can buy as well, but they were always more than I cared to spend.
     

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