No Mouse Problems in the coop!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BriardChickens, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. BriardChickens

    BriardChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last night when I went to check the chickens I noticed a dead mouse in the coop. It looked pecked flat, but no blood. I guess my chickens just protected their food/home but no more then that.

    The mouse met the compost pile this morning.

    I am quite happy about that outcome, I won't have to worry about mice getting into the chicken food.
     
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  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Sounds like great guard chickens!
     
  3. LittleRedCoop53

    LittleRedCoop53 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard that chickens will eat mice... ???
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    So I have hears as well. Even one story of chickens eating a long dead one. Guess these prefer chicken food.
     
  5. BriardChickens

    BriardChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too have heard that they will eat dead mice... there was a secret hope that I wouldn't have to remove it myself this morning!
     
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Well on a brighter side…maybe they were too full after eating all of the others, so just left you one to take out? [​IMG]
     
  7. BriardChickens

    BriardChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If that is the case the chickens will be moving into the house when our mouse problem comes back!
     
  8. BriardChickens

    BriardChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just how to convince my hubby...???
     
  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Don't get mice in our coop, they cannot breach 1/2 # hardware cloth. But we do get them in our garage - it is large and under my entire house first floor. Never ever had problems til all my yard/garage dwelling cats died of old age. Now only have a 3 year old in house cat. Buddy catches any that come into the house - catch, release, cat, release ….until we can get the mouse away from him and get rid of it. But mice have lots of little mice…if you see one then likely there are at least 6-9- or more around. Last problem we had we kept score on Buddy in house finds vs DH garage traps….and the finally tally was 3 for Buddy and 9 for DH!

    Sorry, but bet you have more.
     
  10. Blooie

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    I worked at a place that had a real mouse problem. One day I was entering orders into the computer and watched a mouse run UP the computer cord, scamper past me at the keyboard, and disappear down the other side of the desk. They are excellent climbers - they've scurried up the 1/2 inch hardware cloth like it was a ladder built for them, over the top, and dropped down into the run. When it comes to mice, I don't trust anything to keep them out. <sigh>
     

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