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#78457 - 12/31/06 10:57 AM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
Classroom Professor

Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
Black Rat Snakes. Horrible things too! I'm no specialist, but I hope to be one day! I've decided that genetics is probably not for me, but I do like the idea of being a Poultry Immunologist! smile I'm not too worried about them finding a partially liquified mouse as they find them the day after she has killed them. There's not many places to hide them where the chickens can't see, and with all the dirt being scratched up daily, the mouse is unearthed really fast. I guess it's sort of like Easter Egg hunting...but chicken style?

She's also stopped putting the mice in the dirt, but carries a still kicking, partially killed mouse to the poor little toeless chicken called Frodo. She protects him while he kills and eats the mouse. It's very odd how she really cares for this weird little bird!

As for the poo, they don't bother it at all. They just kick it aside and don't pay attention at all. I don't think they'll catch Botulism or anything like that, but thanks for the advice!

Learned something...if using the barrel of a BB gun doesn't work for killing a snake, use the stock of the gun to whack it to death!!

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#78458 - 12/31/06 05:54 PM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Jeep Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 04/09/03
Posts: 477
Loc: California
Rack...
I'm telling ya, those little tinlike "motels" are the way to go!! No bait, just set them down along the walls, in between feed barrels, whatever. The mice go in, but can't get out, so they die. Or depending on how many go in as someone said, maybe they kill each other. Maybe it'll take something more drastic if there's a huge population of mice, but once it diminishes, this trap will definitely do the trick.
Course I haven't seen much of any kind of rodents lately since coyotes broke into the day yard of my coop and got ALL my quail (10), 2 guineas (one of which I raised in the house) and my one and only peachick I hatched out this summer. Fortunately the coyotes didn't get into the individual pens. That would've been total devastation. As it is, I am sick at losing what I did. Baby monitors out at the coop now at night!! Plus a loaded gun next to my bed. I will not let it happen again if I can help it!

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#78459 - 04/25/07 01:04 PM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
Classroom Professor

Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
You guys didn't tell me she'd dig up the yard in search of moles and shrews! On the plus side, she has radically dropped the deer mice population! She also killed her 3rd pack rat! I'm so proud of her! Love her to pieces. Thanks for all your help guys, I really needed it!

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#78460 - 05/03/07 07:38 PM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
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cats,cats,cats. I had zero problem with mice after i put a cat out there. The only drawback is that cats can get tapeworm from mice and rats so use precaution. We take good care of our cat and he still got tapeworm. He is in the house recovering right now and last night i saw a baby mouse in the layer coop so they move in fast. This weekend he is going back outside so mice beware. He catches at least 2 per week no doubt.

Look for signs of lethargy and loss of appetite. loss of appetite was a big sign for our big boy, he skips dry food but wet food is NEVER missed even if he catches 100 mice a day. good luck and use nature whenever possible.

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#78461 - 05/05/07 02:11 PM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Jrsygntbrdr1 Offline
Classroom Professor

Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 2601
Loc: Arkansas
Oh I know! It's amazing how much feed we have already saved from the mice! But for some reason, she just keeps bringing more and more cats around. We have NEVER seen so many cats around our house and now they are swarming. Oh well, we feed Tink inside the house, so no worries. She does fight pretty well though...good thing she is fixed!

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#78462 - 05/14/07 05:13 PM Re: Need help with mice and rats!
Sweetpea Offline
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Registered: 04/16/07
Posts: 36
Loc: Utah
My mom used to work in the Santa Monica Mountains of California. There was a pool at the office complex where she worked and LOTS of rattlesnakes. The complex always kept cats around the premises to EAT the rattlesnakes. Unfortunately, the Coyotes loved to eat the cats, so they had to restock the cats frequently. Very important job they did as it kept the rattlers out of the pool and office buildings...most of the time.
Has anyone else found cats useful at eating their snakes?

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