Mouse Droppings in FEEDER

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bedste, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    I have noticed mouse droppings in the chicken feeder almost every morning this week. I have been scooping them out before pouring in fresh food in the mornings. Will the chickens get sick if they accidently eat some mouse poop?
  2. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    Unlikely but possible. Mice aren't the horrid disease carriers everyone fears. It is good to try to prevent such things though just in case. Is your feeder raised? That helps and a hanging feeder would be even better. During the day chickens will eat the mice but for night you might need some mouse traps. I prefer to avoid any type of poison since even if you find a spot your pets can't get to it you then have these mice full of lethal stuff running about leaving green droppings until they die and getting eaten by your chickens and pets. Or if you don't mind the time and effort you could remove the feeder to somewhere more mouse proof every night and return it every morning.
  3. gcst

    gcst Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    I put a locked mouse box in my coup. It has a small hole for mice to get in to get to the bait, but to small for the chickens. I bought it at the hard ware store.[​IMG]
  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you have cats who can be allowed into the coop after you lock the birds out for a while? Not only may they catch some mice, but they will sniff and scratch at the spots where the mice gain access. The big problem in the long run is having the mice reproduce to an unacceptable level. Sealing off seams and such can make a huge difference- you don't want them in the walls.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2009
  5. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2008
    The chances of a chicken getting a lethal dose of poison from a secondary exposure are virtually nil. The lethal dose for a mouse is far less than the dose of a full-grown chicken. Add to this the tendency of sick and dying mice to go deep into their burrows to die, lessens the likelyhood even more. It actually takes a lot of the anticoagulant poisons (virtually the only ones being sold today) to kill. I've seen one of the poison control people eat d-con during his presentation. He stated that he would need to eat about 15 boxes of the stuff to get a lethal dose.
  6. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    awesome..... I will poison the mice asap and put the food bowls up every night..... Ya'll are great!

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