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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Suess hens, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Suess hens

    Suess hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed that I have mice that live in the wood pile near the coop. Every so often they will run into the run, but I don't know what they are there for. They can't get to my nesting boxes, and everything is up off the ground. I know mice jump, so they might be able to get into the feeder.
    What can I do short of completely tearing apart the wood pile?
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Set a bunch of traps and poision when the chickens cant get to it. I had a problem with rats in my woodpile. So I set traps and poision, and got 10. 7 young ones, and 3 adults. Mice arent as nasty as rats though. I lost 2 batches of chicks from a rat.
     
  3. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could also try those repeating traps, i wouldnt recommend poision, may get a mouse eat it and not die until it gets in your pen or run and then well you know how chickens are they may eat it..Then you will have a dead or very sick chicken on hand possibly...

    Charlie
     
  4. Suess hens

    Suess hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a reason that my chickens ignore it? It is almost like they say hi in passing. My biggest concern is that if I shift the pile they will just find a new place, like under the coop or in the concrete block footings. I guess I will have to set traps, but I hate having to deal with those...so icky. And I have an 18 month old so poison is out of the question. And they are in fact mice, they haven't grown and are still about 1.5 inches long. Little little mice.
     
  5. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi I ques mice are not so bad as your chickens dont mind them, but it is there poo which is bad..

    They will get into feed and poo in it and there droppings can make your chickens sick by eating it and it carries bactria which can kill poultry also..cant remember what it is, but im sure someone else can point that out what it is in there poo..

    I know our wild eastern turkeys stomp the mice to death as i seen them do that many times and moles as well

    if they can get at the food which im sure they can, as they can get anywhere pretty much, by climbing or jumping to get there.


    Charlie
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2008
  6. wishin4chicken

    wishin4chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have mice that get into our garage, barn and tack room. I don't like the idea of using poisons. It seems inhumane to me. Nor do I like the old-fashioned mousetrap; too much blood, etc.

    I've used "The Better Mousetrap" by Intruder Inc. for years. No blood, no poison, and it's easy to empty. I've even used the larger model, Rodentrap, for bigger visitors.

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    http://www.intruderinc.com/mousetrap/mousetrap.html

    If I catch something, I toss it down the hill below the barn. You don't have to touch the mouse as the trap snaps open like a clothespin. Over the years the crows have gotten used to coming by to see if there's been a snack put out for them.

    Michele.
     
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    What, you have chickens but no cats! We support over 25 ferals which can't get to the birds, ever, and we don't have a single rodent on our 5 acres (for more than 5 seconds)...[​IMG]

    And if the mice are already nesting before winter in the wood pile they'll be indoors before long.
     
  8. lleighmay

    lleighmay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep black snakes around the property including access to the buildings; they provide good protection and keep the mice population down. I would never poison any creature here- I have chickens, dogs, etc. and i refuse to take the chance of somebody eating a dead mouse that was poisoned and becoming poisoned themselves.
     
  9. wishin4chicken

    wishin4chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Outside cats don't last very long here.

    Michele.
     
  10. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Got cats but not outside, dont like cats outside they kill way to many baby rabbits,,,Stick with mouse traps, repeater type or even the the newer mouse and rat zappers..



    charlie
     

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