Mouse or rodent control

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Kanga77510, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Kanga77510

    Kanga77510 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2009
    Santa Fe, TX
    What's the best one? I've seen droppings in the coop and want to sang the little bugger. Poison could get into the chickens, and would the snap traps break their toes? I want the rodent to be dispatched quickly.
  2. chocolate m'scovy

    chocolate m'scovy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2010
    Put the cats in the chicken house. [​IMG]
  3. 4 Love of Baby Chickens

    4 Love of Baby Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Read my lips.

    get ------------ a ---------- cat----------!!!!!

    Cats are the best way to keep the mice and rats down without worrying about poison and don't bother with the snap traps. All you have to do is make sure they have food once a day and fresh water.
  4. Kanga77510

    Kanga77510 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2009
    Santa Fe, TX
    We have two indoor kitties, I'm not thrilled with the idea of having an outdoor cat. Is there anything else I can do?
  5. chocolate m'scovy

    chocolate m'scovy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2010
    Why don't you want an outdoor cat? Ours roam outside almost all day and still love to come inside and snuggle on our beds.
  6. little_grey_bantam

    little_grey_bantam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Russell County
    Outdoor cats don't typically live as long... and they are against the elements and wildlife [​IMG] if they're not spayed, they will produce a crazy amount of kittens (sadly, sometimes people take their cats and "set them free" onto other peoples property when there are too many) and unaltered boys will mostly pee all over things... I know way too many people who have had barns and sheds, as well as cars, furniture and what not ruined by cat urine [​IMG]

    Unless you get an altered cat, and plan to protect it, I would advise against it unless you really love them. At the same time, if you rescue (and alter) unwanted feral cats, you are saving lives... just make sure you spay/neuter them lol or it sort of defeats the purpose of giving a homeless animal a home.

    If you're wanting another animal, a rat terrier would do a killer job. We've had a rescue rat terrier... he left rat bodies ALL over the yard, but pooed away from the house... our two rescue rat terriers now, 1 chases and kills AND eats the rodents he kills and the other 2 chases and kills and eats the rabbits in the yard. They never chase our birds, but were raised with our chickens from the beginning. We have also had a pair of rat terriers who were so feral (they were raised this way sadly) they lived in the coop. Never lost a bird while we had them. They HATED predators and they killed and ate rats and rodents.

    Now if you want something else to get rid of rats, I'd leave Hav-A-Heart traps... we have caught literally hundreds, if not thousands of rodents throughout the year with them, though they are alive [​IMG]

    Tossing snakes into the barn is alright, we've never lost a bird due to a snake, they eat rodents and leave.

    That's about it lol Other than making sure you don't leave anything that rats would want to live in (give them a food source and a place to live and you have tenants [​IMG])
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2010
  7. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    My educated suggestion:

    Remove **all** food sources for the evening.

    Put a trash can in the coop that cannot roll over or move (like a square bathroom trash container). Face it in a direction that the girls cannot get into; i.e., up against the wall with only a crack a rat could get into, especially at night when the girls are asleep.

    Put some wonderful food (peanut butter is awesome) for rats stuck tightly onto a snap trap with saran wrap (insures "tugging" thus snapping the trap) inside the can. Voila! Have a rat in the can the next day.

    Repeat until satisfied all are caught.

    Find the cracks and crevices where rats are entering your coop/run and eliminate them immediately.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2010
  8. strawberryfields

    strawberryfields Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2010
    I am with you there... but how do you eliminate all entrances? We have horses and goats, too.

    The bucket of death is what I will be trying next.

    I also got a sparrow trap on order, should be great for mice, too.

    Can't wait!
  9. atlantachickenwhisperer

    atlantachickenwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2009
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2010

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