Pesky mice droppings around my eggs! Help!!!

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  1. Pinefarmgirls

    Pinefarmgirls New Egg

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    Hi everyone! I am needing some information before I lose my sanity on this one LOL! We have had our girls for a year now and just in the last few days I have noticed mice in the bedding I thoroughly clean their Coop all the time but somehow another these little critters seem to find their way in as we all now. I have been taking the food and the water out at night and then giving it back to them in the morning the question is I've been finding the mouse droppings in the buckets where the chickens lay their eggs how safe are my eggs to eat if they been laying around mouse droppings do I need to dispose of them or do I just clean them?
     
  2. BBCHICKS123

    BBCHICKS123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would trap the mice. To get them out, l don't know if l would eat the eggs. You can make a live trap by getting a bucket and putting a stick or board leading up and dropping into the bucket of course there are the kill traps but l can not stand to use them
     
  3. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As far as eating the eggs, I would just wash them well before using, crack carefully on a flat surface, and cook them thoroughly.
    Good that you remove the food at night. Set traps that the chickens can't access, or live traps as the above person suggests, there are commercial ones as well. Don't use poison as the chickens might eat the poisoned mice.
    Oh, and welcome to BYC! You'll find forums on mouse control, and anything else you might need to know! Good luck!
     
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  4. Pinefarmgirls

    Pinefarmgirls New Egg

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    Thank you guys very much for the help. I've been coming to this sight ever since I got my girls when they were just babies and I decided to join today. Everybody's very informative up here. I read on the web somewhere where mice do not like Pine I don't know how true this is I'm hoping that it's true because we are in the process of moving and our place is surrounded by Pine.
     
  5. Pinefarmgirls

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    Sue T do you wash yours if so how do you wash yours?
     
  6. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only wash eggs that have smears of poop on them. Then I run lots of cool water over them right before using. When I crack any eggs, I do it on a flat surface rather than the edge of a bowl or pan. This way, parts of shell are not pushed in to possibly contaminate the white or even the yolk. Learned this by watching Jacques Pepin! I haven't had mouse droppings in the nests, but we sure do get mice in the coop. Last week, one of my pullets caught a live mouse and swallowed it whole. Mice are a constant tribulation on our farm.
     
  7. Pinefarmgirls

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    I havent had a problem with mice that i recall seeing untill two days ago. When i opened the back of the coop up there was evidence on the door. Later i was cleaning the coop out and when i removed a wooden box a mouse was under it. I wasn't able to catch it. Hopefully one of my cats will catch it. During the mean time im going to do the bucket thing and see if i can get my Barney ( cat) to hang out at the pen. The only way i figure it is getting in is through the roof where it is not flush because of the way the tin is made but im going to gorilla tape it shut. Sounds like over kill i know but... The bottom has wire around the edge that the coop is setting on that was done because of some neighbors dogs trying to dig in before we built the outer fence around it. As for the egg thing ill try that. Thank you:)
     
  8. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    I hope you can get the issue under control, mice are so hard to get rid of once they make a home for themselves.

    Good luck!
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Hope you get those pesky mice under control! I agree - trap the little beasts! Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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