Mice issues and feeders..............

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by KDbeads, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    That time of year again, when the mice start invading everything. This year is particularly bad, the cats in the house caught 10 to my knowledge in less than a week, I can't even begin to count how many I've seen the dogs eating or how many I've caught in the garage with pinkies that I've actually fed to the chickens. I've given the girls so many now that I'm being mobbed at the run door every time I go out there. And tonight I found them in the feeder when I went to check on the birds. I have a hanging galvanized type feeder that hangs in the middle of the run away from everything but only about 9 inches from the ground (I have a petite silkie that can't reach higher at the moment). When I turned the flashlight on it tonight off flew about 6 or 8 mice.
    Normally a few mice would just irk me but there are so many this year! Is there anything I can do aside from building or buying a treadle style feeder? (About to make a cross country move, funds are far shorter than we can afford, would like to make it there before getting one)
    Is anyone else having an invasion of the meeces?
     
  2. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Yeah, I had a mouse problem too. I really thought that hanging the feeder would keep them from it, but I was wrong. I think the easiest thing to do is bring the food in at night and put it back first thing in the morning. It's a pain, but probably worth the cost of food lost to the mice. Now I also keep live traps deployed nightly and I've gotten them under control. Good luck with the move!
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I bought one of those repeating mousetraps that require no bait (metal box style) from my feed store, about $17. I think I saw them on amazon too. Curiosity gets them to go into the tunnel, then it "spanks" them into a little room in the box. Then I drown them in a bucket.

    I have been catching 5-8 mice at a time! Some days there are none, and some days just one or three, also.

    My father-in-law wants to borrow mine to try it out. He said just wait until I stop catching mice and then he'll borrow it. But that doesn't ever seem like it's going to happen!

    Also, I remove ALL feed at night and store it in a metal pail (covered) in the garage. No food or water in the coops after 6 weeks of age.
     
  4. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    Bringing it in will be a last option at the moment, Andy raises hades in the morning if she doesn't see food in the feeder. She is my current 'roo' and is just about as nasty as the one I had for dinner a few weeks ago [​IMG]
    Too much of the screaming in the morning gets my neighbors ticked off [​IMG] Though they'll only have to put up with me a bit longer......
     
  5. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    ChickensAreSweet, do you remember what brand of trap it was? I bought some crappy repeating traps at HD and I've yet to catch one with those. I'm using the Havahart mouse traps, but they're out of commission after the first capture unless I empty it before morning. The one you have sounds great.
     
  6. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    Quote:Hmmmmm.... haven't seen that one yet, calling the feed store in the morning! Bet you anything I'll have 10 chickens trying to break into it every morning [​IMG] Good source of free protein too.
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Hmmmmm.... haven't seen that one yet, calling the feed store in the morning! Bet you anything I'll have 10 chickens trying to break into it every morning [​IMG] Good source of free protein too.

    Yeah- they will eat mice. But I just leave 'em for the coons, possums, etc.

    I don't want to think about it when I snuggle with them that they've been eating ugh...mice.

    Am I prissy? [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  8. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:That is a hilarious thought- chickens eating okra. I can just see the wiping of the beaks on the first available surface now!
    [​IMG]

    Am checking the website now....
     
  10. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA

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