1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Mice! One just ran out from behind the PC!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by GD91, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. GD91

    GD91 Chillin' With My Peeps

    504
    37
    118
    Aug 1, 2013
    UK
    OMG, sitting here looking at the PC screen & a mouse just ran out across the unit & sat & looked at me! DH saw it to! Then it ran across the unit & disappeared through an old thermostat. They must be everywhere, we have seen 5 now in the past 3 days & the cat left one on the kitchen floor half alive 2 days ago.

    What do I do? They are bothering the chickens, the rabbits & now me in my house. The cat is getting overweight eating them & we don't even feed him! Help!
     
  2. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Sounds you have a real problem. I generally set about 4-5 traps once it starts getting cold because they are trying to stay warm by coming in. De-con is good but you don't want him sick and your cat catches him and eats him, but I would certainly put it n the chicken house in a blocked off corner so the chickens can't get to it... U can also use glue traps n the house. Again, away from the cat.
     
  3. GD91

    GD91 Chillin' With My Peeps

    504
    37
    118
    Aug 1, 2013
    UK
    LMAO, your not going to believe this, It came out & sat on the keyboard which was on the sofa next to my DH just now . Its a house mouse & a boy. The others in the garden are field mice. We've set up a wreath from xmas against an old fish tank & left a food scent trail upto it & into the tank.

    It was so tame & cheeky we just had to laugh at it, It just looks at you. Never had a mouse come out like that before. Its adorable like a pet mouse.... even if it is disease ridden [​IMG]

    The cats just sleeping in the other room, useless beggar [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2014
  4. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,817
    241
    188
    Aug 10, 2013
    Oregon
    I hate mice......I mean really hate them....I don't do the whole jump on a chair thing but I really really hate mice....We have had a few here and there in the house, hubby is always Johnny on the spot to make sure they die very very quickly... We keep loaded traps in both the rabbit enclosure and where the hens are... never fails, we will go months without trapping them and then all of a sudden get ten... I really hate mice....[​IMG]
     
  5. backyardflock1

    backyardflock1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    364
    27
    103
    Jan 22, 2014
    Massachusetts
    If there is a lot of mice set traps either kill or non-kill ones. If that is the only one you could either leave it or get a humane trap, catch it, and put it outside.
     
  6. ShinShien

    ShinShien Chillin' With My Peeps

    7,658
    57
    246
    Oct 1, 2013
    Alabama
    i use this: [​IMG]
     
  7. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,817
    241
    188
    Aug 10, 2013
    Oregon
    I tried this....Never got a one!!! I suck at mice trapping [​IMG]
     
  8. ShinShien

    ShinShien Chillin' With My Peeps

    7,658
    57
    246
    Oct 1, 2013
    Alabama
    I have the bucket against the wall with a one-way wood ramp on the bucket. I've caught at least 7, lost count. Works best placed under house.
     
  9. GD91

    GD91 Chillin' With My Peeps

    504
    37
    118
    Aug 1, 2013
    UK
    I think its just the one that's found its way in... just checked in all the nooks & crannies & there's no droppings or anything around the home.

    Typical, I set up a trap & the buggers disappeared.
    [​IMG]

    Just been doing some research on house mice & found they make good pets, just aren't the variety you handle (like chipmunks).

    I'm thinking about just putting him in the tank & moving the tank in the shed until we can get a much bigger one (apparently they need a lot of space & I can get one for free) & just letting him be. He can't do any damage if he's in a tank outside.

    We've had wild mice before (I've got a soft spot for the critters,but I understand why others don't) & although they never are true pets, they do have good enough lives in a large space with plenty of enrichment to let out their "wild side".
    You treat them for parasites etc & they become like tame mice (but can never be handled).

    I never bother handling rodents anyway, I like to just watch them, so he'll have a peaceful life & if we catch another he can have a mate. I can always find a use for mice (feeding the cat or selling as snake food).
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2014
  10. GD91

    GD91 Chillin' With My Peeps

    504
    37
    118
    Aug 1, 2013
    UK
    Its on. Last night he came out about 2 - 3AM. I'm going to stay up all night to try & catch the little devil.

    I hope it is just the one, apparently the males sing to attract females [​IMG]If there's a pregnant female then the trapping will have to get serious.

    We've got that hidden kingdoms program on here, its on tonight on BBC 1, does anyone watch it?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by