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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Newfarmer36, Feb 19, 2018.
How do y'all keep snakes and mice out of the coop and run?
If you are having troubles with mice in your coop and you have a big metal feed can, fill it up with a foot of grain and leave the lid open a crack, then put it up next to a wall beam or the wire of the coop. The mice jump in there and cant jump out, I have caught 7 in one night before, throw some peanut butter in there to really lure the mice in. Free, easy, and low effort live mouse trap. Who knows, maybe a snake will jump in after the mice I don't need to deal with chicken & egg eating snakes so I have no good tricks to keep them out.
I found the mouse can trick by accident, I left the food can lid open a crack one day and the next day there was a mouse in the can I let him free, by accident, I was trying to give the chickens some fun food but he managed to dart up a beam in the coop and escape, I left the food can open again and the next day there was 3 in there, the mouse brought his buds. I let them all go, on purpose, the next day there was 7, I ended the party that day No more mice have came to my food can recently
I'll be trying that!!
If you get your mice out the snakes will probably follow. I put a live catch trap "a big one" in the coop and loaded up with peanut butter next morning had 5 mice, 3 the next and no mice after. I've got one of those electric mouse zappers around the feed and it definitely does the job.
Where can I get a zapper? I've never heard of them .
I got mine at home depot it's called a victor multikill electric mouse trap. They go in and don't come out.
Every time I think about mice, I think about the plague. I don't want my feather babies to get sick.
I don't like them pooping and peeing on everything, and they can chew on chickens plus like you said the diseases and bugs. They're welcome to go be mice, just not in my coop. BTW that trap runs on batteries and it says it can kill 100 mice on one set so you can put it anywhere.
Looks like I'm headed to town tomorrow then!
When we set up the current coop, we put the chicken door up higher so critters could not get in. The feed bill has dropped considerably, everything in the coop is cleaner (no rodent evidence) & the chickens are no longer jumpy from seeing (or on the alert for) critters in the coop.
The chickens easily fly up onto the little roof/platform with a chicken ladder on it for their footing. I took the ladders off of my last double decker coop & saw that they could easily fly up, so we put this coop (our 3rd) together differently & am happy we did. In the pic below, the chicken door has burlap strips hanging to cut the winter wind & avoid big drafts. The other pic shows interior & how the higher chicken door works inside, oh & my broody w/chicks on floor. There is nothing for critters to climb up on to get inside, & I don't leave any food out in the run; there is a short piece of plywood that is not attached to the roof/platform for wind or hot sun break. Problems solved! Best wishes.