Mice

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by djronron, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. djronron

    djronron Out Of The Brooder

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    Starting to get cold here in south Louisiana. Noticed a couple of field mice around the coop, guess they are looking to stay warm in the hay. What can I use to keep them out.
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Keeping mice out is a challenge - any gap at all (keep in mind, they can go through seemingly impossibly small spaces) will have to be sealed off, hardware cloth is a great tool. Do you have an enclosed run or does the coop open to a free range area for the birds and, if no run, do you close the coop up at night?
     
  3. djronron

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    Open for free range.
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

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    Unfortunately that is going to make mouseproofing difficult. The best thing you can do is make it as unattractive as possible -- remove feed at dusk and replace at dawn to avoid drawing the mice in for an all-night buffet, keep attractive mouse hiding spaces to a minimum as much as possible, etc. Do you have a nice barn cat that would like to live around the coop?
     
  5. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe if you got some chickens, they'd chase the mice out of the coop.



    Oh, wait.
     
  6. djronron

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    BBQ JOE

    SOUNDS LIKE U R A DALLAS COWBOYS FAN!!!!!!! OH WAIT, THEY DON'T SCORE EITHER !!!
     
  7. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I theen I missed the joke.
     
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