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Mice?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by AinaWGSD, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think I have mice, but the one neighbor who was not so sure about us getting the chickens approached me this morning to voice a concern that my chickens are attracting mice. [​IMG] He said that he noticed a ton more mice in his garage this year and that they didn't show up until we got the chickens. I assured him we were doing everything we could to keep the chickens from attracting mice. We pick up the feeders at night so the feed does not attract unwanted pests and it is stored on our back porch in sealed containers. I would think if the chickens were attracting mice that we would see signs of them on our porch (which is attached to our dining room and the door between the two is left wide open when the weather is nice) and I haven't seen so much as a single dropping. The coop is also located on the opposite side of our property from where his garage is, probably 60-70 feet away, and while I don't think it's "too far" for mice to travel it just seems unlikely that they would choose to take up residence in his garage when there is another, totally unused except for the occasional family of 'possums, not five feet from the coop. Not to mention the total lack of signs of mice anywhere on our own property.

    Now I will admit that there is a possibility that we may be partially to blame for extra mice in his garage as our own garage is very close to his and we have not been using it except to store junk. I could see where the garage might be an attractive place for mice. And we do have three cats, two dogs, and the chickens that might like to kill and/or eat mice. But that has nothing to do with the chickens. I do not think my chickens are the reason for his mouse problem. Nor does my next door neighbor. When I asked her if she had seen more mice, she said she had only seen one mouse, which is one more than she normally sees, but that she felt it was the long winter rather than the chickens. Still, I'd rather avoid conflict if possible and I do understand his concern since by unfortunate coincidence it seems his mouse population has had a boom when the chickens moved into the neighborhood. But I'm not really sure what else I can do other than keeping food picked up and keeping it stored securely in closed containers. We did go buy some glue traps to put on the back porch and some snap traps for the garage and we'll see what we catch. But any other ideas on how to keep the mice at bay would be appreciated.
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I believe you are working hard on the issues. To clear the air, it just seems to me that chickens do attract mice. Just putting it out there.
    I also work very hard at rodent control. No feed in feed trays at night, if at all possible. Peanut butter baited snap traps and glue pads strategically located, and yes, they catch mice, so I know they are around. Can I catch them all? Can you? Doubtful.

    Congratulations on all your efforts. I wish you the very best in your efforts at control.
     
  3. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since we got chickens, I have noticed a few more mice. But not where they are in the garage/house. In the colder months, I'll notice them by the coop snatching up spilled food. Just get some good traps and trap, trap, trap. Does your neighbor have a lot of junk around his house for mice to hide? Or store dog food, bird seed or any type of food in his garage? There could be a dozen different reasons they have mice.
     
  4. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    To clear the air, it just seems to me that chickens do attract mice. Just putting it out there.

    I understand that, really I do. Which is why even though I do not think my chickens are the cause of my neighbor's rodent problem I would like to do everything possible (and visible) to keep the population down. What I don't understand is why, if my chickens are the cause of his extra mice, I'm not seeing any evidence of them on my property and none at all near the chickens or themselves or their feed. From the conversation we had this morning, it seems he's always had mice in his garage, or at least had them often at this time of year. As to what he may have in there that's attracting them, I have no idea. They don't have a dog and I don't remember seeing any bird feeders on his property. In fact, mostly what little I do see of their backyard involves their pool, which seems to take up most of it, and a few sad looking tomato plants behind their garage in the summer. I think he's pretty good about keeping weeds and plants trimmed back, but their next door neighbor that moved in behind us last fall and who's property borders their garage doesn't do a good job of keeping the tall weeds under control. And I will admit that we have weeds and an unused plastic dog kennel sitting behind our garage so we need to pick that up a little better.​
     
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  5. gisbert

    gisbert Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed at least one mouse in the outside coop. Taking out the feed at night is a good step.
    I also heard that chickens chase mice and kill them. Can anybody confirm this?
     
  6. jpcode

    jpcode Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't confirm adult mice, but I have fed mine babies and they ate them.
     
  7. CAjerseychick

    CAjerseychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just wanna know where the mouse bones go? Do they hang out in the crop forever or what?....
    I do think the feed maybe even the poop attracts mice.... Its almost impossible to not have spillage.. we def. have mice, I think that is really why the Hawk has been standing by the field next to our chicken yard is weedy and ovverrun with mice, no evidence of them in the coop so far we will see what happens in winter. Our dogs sleep in the garage maybe thats why no mice in there....
     
  8. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens definitely eat mice. My Delaware LOVES them. You can send them this picture.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. gisbert

    gisbert Out Of The Brooder

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    wow...very impressive picture.
    thank you for sharing.
     
  10. ChcknGrl

    ChcknGrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ginea Hens/or Roosters do eat mice. Ours got into a mouse nest! We've had a chicken get a mouse too! So I wouldn't think they would attract mice without killing or eating them.
     

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