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Phyld    Posted 04-19-2004 at 08:55:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I really need help with mice. I could carpet all of my guinea and chicken pens with them, if they'd just sit still. Does anyone have suggestions on controlling mice. I am afraid that if I use a poison, then the birds will eat them or the ducks for sure. What can I use that would not kill all of my birds too? Birds are guineas, chickens, bantums and ducks. Thanks for the help. Phyld

dale anne    Posted 04-21-2004 at 06:20:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
CATS!.....i have 2 and they bring lil gifts to me all the time.....get a few kittens so they will get use to the flock and wont bother first they will chase each other around but the hens will peck them so that the cats will look for something a lil smaller to pick on....when i see a mouse i wont feed my cats till they bring one up to me...they leaves them by the doors and yes even on the hood of my truck lol...good luck....p.s a few garden snakes work also...and cant eat yer birds

bcPA    Posted 04-19-2004 at 22:51:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
A 5 gallon bucket with about 6 inches of water in it with grain floating on top of the water will drown a mouse when he jumps in to eat the grain. A ramp for easy axcess for the mouse to get to the top of the bucket may help.

Bundy    Posted 04-19-2004 at 21:58:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
get a pvc pipe and two end caps. in one end cap make a whole big enough to let the mice or rats in . make the pipe long enough so the birds cant reach in with neck and reach the poison at the other end. Get a fairly large diameter pipe so many can dine at once.

M. in Oregon    Posted 04-19-2004 at 20:39:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I cannot say enough good things about "A Better Mousetrap" is a brand of trap. Use a smidge of peanutbutter (I use creamy natural...NOT Skippy...which MAY work, dunno..)
I have NEVER lost the bait. The peanutbutter gets placed on a platter which is springloaded to a clap-trap. The mouse steps close to eat the peanutbutter and SLAM! They generally get hit across the neck and you just pick up the trap, pinch it open like you would a clothespin and dispose of rodent. Pinch trap open again for next over years. If trap doesn't stay open, simply adjust the spring pulling it to the left or right. Good Luck! M.

deadcarp    Posted 04-19-2004 at 17:28:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
From the clean anything site --------

"If you're not sure where the mouse hole is, sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda, talcum powder, or similar powdery substance around suspect cupboard, skirting boards and openings. The mice will leave tracks in the powder and you'll be able to tell where they live.

My favorite solution... get a cat!"

Fawteen    Posted 04-19-2004 at 15:38:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
D-Con type poison works on body mass. The theory is that something as big as a cat simply can't eat enough to do itself any permanent harm. The active ingredient is cumanin (sp?) which thins the blood enough that they bleed to death internally. What would be enough to kill a mouse won't affect a cat.

I just got rid of a rat that had taken up residence in my chicken coop using poison. I placed it in a hole in the wall where I knew the rat was travelling and where the chickens couldn't get at it. You should be able to do the same thing. Mice like to say out of sight as much as possible, and will travel under and behind things your birds can't get at. Put the poison there.

If you're still not comfortable using poison, you might try a mix of baking soda and peanut butter. The mice eat the peanut butter, the baking soda reacts with the acids in their digestive system. They can't burp, so the end result is pretty much inevitable...

Still, I'd try to put it where the birds would be unlikely to get at it.

~Lenore    Posted 04-19-2004 at 16:57:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glue boards work, placed behind and under things where the rodent runs. A black light will give you a map of where the rodents run. They constantly leak urine and it shines under a black light. Then you place your glue boards there. Next you have the problem of removing a live rat/mouse from it and then disposing of it. If the problem is indoors; finding the entrance and exit spots helps, then fill them with fine steel wool. They will not chew through it because it gets in their pointy little teeth.

deadcarp    Posted 04-19-2004 at 17:23:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Pointy little teeth" reminded me of the other day when our cat pepi caught a mouse. Pepi's quite a ham when somebody's looking so he sat it down on the sidewalk and stood over it, nudging it to react. I guess playing dead wasn't working so finally the mouse stood on its hind legs and bared his teeth like a pocket gopher - so pepi stood towering over the runt and bared his back! Oh that woulda made a cute picture - such a contrast in size and no fear on anybody's part. :)

PS: The mouse hopped among some nearby boards and got away.

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