Mouse infestation

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dbhemphill, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. dbhemphill

    dbhemphill Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have a suggestion on knocking the mouse population down in our chicken coop? I can put traps out but don't want to hurt the chickens. I have a place behind a wall I could use dcon to kill the mice, but am worried the chickens may eat a poisoned mouse.

    thanks
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I use live traps like the Victor, that has a small hole they enter and after they are in, they can't get out. It is just a rectangular box with a see-through window so I can easily see when there are mice in there, but there is no danger to the chickens. No poison - I bait it with peanut butter. When there is a mouse in the box, I take it some distance from the coop, with the birds following eagerly. I then open the box, the mouse or mice hop out, and the birds grab them, kill them and eat them. Occasionally one will get away and probably returns to the coop but most do not. It is an extra source of protein for the birds, and every one they eat, reduces the population by more than one if you count the subsequent generations and how fast they breed.

    Mice tend to be most active at night, coming out to eat, which is why the birds don't kill many on their own. But if I catch them - they are more than happy to help get rid of them during the day.
     
  3. dbhemphill

    dbhemphill Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info....good idea. I figured the chickens would eat them, but the night activity makes sense. I was about ready to throw my two cats in the coop for the night ...but was not sure how that would go over....the rooster is pretty big!
     
  4. SFBayArea

    SFBayArea Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a question, if chickens eat mice, do they get worms from mice?
     
  5. bwr719

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    I wouldn't think so
     

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