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Rodents in the duckpen!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AimToMisbehave, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    The night pen is secure - no rodents can get in once the door is closed (we did have a tiny opossum sneak in once . . . lesson learned).

    The day pen sees rodent visitors regularly, but usually at night. I leave the doors open to the day pen at night sometimes to allow local rodent predators, including my cats, access to the area.
     
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  2. MaureenD

    MaureenD Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't ducks also eat mice? I would think they would not stand a chance if they cannot outrun the ducks.
    I do the same. They have a gallon rubber pail for the daytime to graze while I am at work. Early evening I change water, give a couple scoops more food, they eat, I clean up for the next day and then take food in when I coop them for the night. They sure are happy to see me in the morning (I mean, the bucket....) ; )
    Still getting eggs daily. Weather in South Central WI will be in low 40's with sun for the next 5 days! Yahoo! Thankful for each warm day we get.
     
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  3. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well it all ducks actually eat rats or mice, I can't remember if it was casportpony or misslydia or someone had a story of their Muscovy males eating rats and mice that came near their females nest, talk about protective fathers.
     
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  4. AimToMisbehave

    AimToMisbehave Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cleared out most of the rodent hiding places, and started just feeding out of a bucket, and only during the day. Hard to say for sure if the problem is solved, but I haven't seen any more creepy critters yet!
     
  5. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Wasn't me but my chickens will eat mice too, problem here is it's after dark when the mice and rats[hopefully not rats] come out and all my birds are locked up. A few weeks ago I found a mouse drown in the kiddy pool I picked it up and laid it on the ground and my chicken picked it up and ran off with it. [​IMG]

    I need to set up my game camera to see if we have rats coming out after dark.. Gives me the creeps.
     
  7. AimToMisbehave

    AimToMisbehave Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yikes! I don't even know what these ard, they're like... halfway between a rat and a mole
     
  8. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could they be shrews? They eat eggs
     
  9. AimToMisbehave

    AimToMisbehave Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe? Are shrews kinda fat and dark grey? Although none of mine are laying yet... but they could have been after the duck food
     

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