April 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm #257723
We keep 3 chooks in our suburban back yard and we have recently been over run with mice. I have to decide weather I can keep the chooks because it’s really bad. How do you get rid of mice? I don’t want to use poison as we have small children and just yuk.
Thanks for any ideas.
LisaApril 15, 2013 at 12:36 am #532091
Easy to fix… Buy a Dine-A-Chook feeder (a proper one not a copy) and mount it quite high off the ground; don’t place any food on the ground; use a feed that the chooks don’t pick through (just a basic pellets — at least until the the mice move away). Keep feed bags in sealed containers.
If the food source disappears so will the vermin.
The Dine-A-Chook also stops wild birds coming in to steal food and leave behind disease/mites/lice.April 15, 2013 at 12:38 am #532092
It will be interesting to hear others opinions and experiences here but my experience has been that if you have grain or seed, mice will come.
I know you said no poison but I think you will be fighting an uphill battle without it. I have small kids and use a tomcat bait station to keep it away from kids and animals. I find if I don’t have a bait station loaded all the time near the chook pen and in the shed the mice and big stinking rats are back within a few weeks and once they move in it is harder to get rid of them.
If I don’t control them at the chook pen I even need to keep a bait in the vege garden to keep the rats out of there.
Personally I choose baits over no chooks. A dine a chook is no good for us as half the beneft of chooks is being ale to give them your scraps.April 15, 2013 at 4:28 am #532093
We throw all our food scraps on the ground and they do pick through the pellets. I mix it with seeds.
I think I might just have to poison the little buggers. We used rats sack once before and the kids found a couple of dead ones in the garden. I wanted to avoid that this time.
Are there any traps that work well?April 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm #532094
We don’t normally have mouse trouble, but a while back we had a plague of them. We used tomcat red bait, live catch cage traps, as well as home made bucket traps. Between the three we kept mor or less on top of things.
Live traps were great, we were catching heaps of mice each night with a little peanut butter. I would then feed the mice to the ducks and chooks. Bucket traps were much the same except they drown the mice and were mostly placed in the garage away from other animals. In an urban environment mice will always be in higher numbers, the live catch traps are often put in aviaries so should be pretty safe around chickens.
Bait was my last option, but it was the largest plague since the 1980’s so times were desperate. Due to the type of poison the tomcat red baits contain, chickens have to eat about five times their weight in sick mice before it would kill them, and while the toxin is accumulative the antidote is vitamin k. Basically if they have access to grass they detox themselves.
Edit to add: this is the type of cage trap we used http://www.derwenttraders.com.au/contents/en-us/d110.htmlApril 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm #532095
We and a lot of neighbours around here had a mouse plague a few years ago.
They were in the house the shed was over run. We used to lay traps and catch one every 30secs
It drove me mad. Hubby ended up laying bait in the shed and under the hosue where noone goes.
The devolopers were digging up the ground up behind us and the whole area was full of them
A drum half filled with water and a peice of bacon hanging in a string over a piece of wood and the mice
love it and fall in the water and drown, Its supposed to be better then bait and you can dig them in the groundApril 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm #532096
Dont feed your chooks for a day or two and they should eat the mice- I know mine do… and snakes. I do feed them though- they just know now that mice are tasty.April 24, 2013 at 11:53 am #532097
We use an electric mouse zapper. Runs of 9v or AA batteries (depending on model) and was the best investment we ever made.
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