Thought I'd create a thread so people can share their best ways of controlling mice and rats! I noticed a mouse problem when I was cleaning at dusk last week, the mice just casually were coming in through a tiny gap under the edge of the coop, through the sand and in onto the food tray. SO! For the past few days I've been taking away the food at night, so the mice will be good and hungry! Tonight I stuffed steel wool into the gap because it prickles their noses and will keep them at bay until I fix it properly. I also set two traps inside the coop (serperate area to where the chickens sleep) with peanut butter and the chicken food stuck to it! I know there are more mice than that but I figure the steel wool will keep most out, but the traps will get the very smart or baby mice that fit through the wire! This is war mouseys!!! I've heard of people putting cayenne pepper or something else spicy in the chicken feed to stop the mice eating it, which make sense. I know birds can't sense the chemical that makes some food spicy, but I'm wondering if it could change the taste of their eggs, or how much to put into it. If only it would make their poo spicy so my dog would stop eating it!