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overrun with mice in chicken pens

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by elliemay06, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. elliemay06

    elliemay06 New Egg

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    Does anybody have any ideas on how to get rid of the mice tht have set up home in my run area?? They are getting to be a problem. I am afraid to use anything thta could kill the hens...If they eat aa mouse that has been poisoned , wil they die?
     
  2. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes most things that eat poisoned mice are injured/killed from the poisoned mice. My advice....get a cat. You can usually find some feral fixed/inoculated cats on craigslist. With minimal care you can feed them and they will take care of the mouse problem. The other bonus is you will be giving another animal a chance at a good life.
     
  3. elliemay06

    elliemay06 New Egg

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    Already have 7 cats. they get a few of them but, they are not allowed in the chicken runs as they will also go after my chickens.....
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    trap, trap, trap. These can be set up safely, in a way the chickens, or any pet, cannot get at them.
     
  5. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cayenne pepper in the birds feed. Birds can't sense it, it won't hurt them. But the mice will feel the burn and go looking for food somewhere else.

    putting smooth sheets of metal (partially buried) about 1ft + aroung the base of the wire (on the outside) will stop most mice getting in. Works for my aviary. They can't climb it, jump it, or dig beneath it
     
  6. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:quit poisoning the mice. let the chickens eat them. If you really want to get rid of them put a coulpe rat snakes out there. They will eat teh eggs though.
     
  7. D3invertebrates

    D3invertebrates Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get bigger chickens lol! I know mine would love to eat any mice that come around, Ive actually seen them eat a few. I wouldnt recommend putting any rat snakes in with them though lol, I killed a 6 foot rat snake that got in my quail cages and ate so many it couldnt get back out, had a few chicken get killed not long before that also that I think may have been killed by the same snake
     
  8. wpalmisano

    wpalmisano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I incorporate about 10-12 dollars a month into my budget for rodent control. traps are safer unless your chickens are let out to forage. What I do is take a 5 gallon pail with a lid, and cut a hole just big enough for a mouse or small rat. I then put the poison in that, keeping non target animals from getting poisoned. There is always the chance that a fox or a cat may eat a poisoned rodent, but I think that's pretty minimal. Also, a mouse can not ingest enough poison in its tiny stomach to kill a turkey, a full grown fox or a big cat or raccoon.
     
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    There is one poison, bromadiolone, that is relatively safe. I buy it in the brand Just One Bite. I've used it without any sign of harm to chickens, dog or cat from eating the poisoned mice, and my chickens definitely eat mice, I've seen them run them down and kill and eat them. With a heavy infestation you may need more than one approach. Some are much more trap smart than others.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=606272#p606272
     
  10. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

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    Fill the mouse holes with water and watch your chickens have a ball.
     

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