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post #11 of 19 Old 05-25-2012, 10:07 PM
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Metal trash can and a good barn cat. ;)

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post #12 of 19 Old 05-25-2012, 10:14 PM
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metal can. And a cat!
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post #13 of 19 Old 05-25-2012, 10:20 PM
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metal can and a barn cat
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post #14 of 19 Old 05-25-2012, 11:15 PM
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I thought I was being so "cute" to suggest a cat, but great minds think alike.
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Haha I wish I could have a barn cat! I adore cats. When I eventually own my own property, barn cats are going to be an immediate, or earlier, addition. So many barn cats.

RACCOONS! I'm glad someone mentioned them! I hadn't even considered them but there is an 100% chance they could get into the tack room so I probably should prepare for them to do so at some point...

I found an old, empty, giant Rubbermaid tub in my garage so I'm going to give that a try first, then proceed to Plan B (metal garbage can with bungee cord) if the free option doesn't work.

I would do rat bait but since we're basically in the middle of the forest, coyotes come around all the time as well as a variety of rare-ish hawks (including a bald eagle!!!) and I'd hate to inadvertently kill off some cool animal while trying to get the mice out of my grain.

Thanks for all your responses! I feel (and am!) much more informed. :)

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post #16 of 19 Old 05-26-2012, 12:14 AM
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We use a combination of metal feed bins, our newly adopted barn cat Milo (Love him!) and these handy wall mounted dispensers:

Manual Pet Feeder - Horse Feed Storage Bin

They are a little pricey, but come in handy for dog, cat, and chicken food!
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post #17 of 19 Old 05-26-2012, 08:30 AM
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I do need to adopt me a few barn cats. I did have one but she disappeared about 4 months ago after showing up twice a day for 2 years for her bit of cat food. I miss her. :(

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post #18 of 19 Old 05-27-2012, 08:51 AM
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We keep our in metal garbage cans with lids from Tractor Supply. Mice can not get in no matter how hard they try. :)

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post #19 of 19 Old 05-27-2012, 08:53 AM
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Metal trash can containers work pretty well; they sell them at our TSC. We don't have a mice problem though, as we've got three barn cats hanging around the place.
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