11-08-2011, 12:48 PM
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You will ALWAYS have mice bc bedding is a perfect place for them to stay warm and breed, and they love everything that you feed your horse. I would caution you about using bait in your barn. You REALLY could use a barn cat, but if he eats a mouse that has consumed warfin (primary bait ingredient), you'll kill him. It stays around longer than you think. We live on the edge of a rural town surrounding by farm fields. I have 3 cats who go and out of the house and I never see a mouse in my home. I see nocturnal mice in the barn if I go there in the middle of the night, but none get into my feed bc I keep my grain in steel cans with lids. I even know of a horse owner who kept peafowl and they died bc they found and consumed the warfin. If you get a barn cat you MUST feed him, else he'll lose weight and could get sick. Where I used keep my horses, the farmer didn't feed his cats. They were skinny and puny. A stray took up residence in the building where I kept my hay and grain. I fed him, he got strong and took over the cat pride, and I fed him the cheapest, dry food I could get.
BTW, Steve Irwin did a program maybe 5-6 years ago about mice in Austrailia. There, they do not have enough predators for the prey animals like rabbits and mice. When mice overpopulate they get aggressive, and he showed night video of scads of mice tormenting a farmer's pigs and sheep. They reminded me of a hoard of locusts. Don't feel sorry for mice. They are NOT on anybody's endangered lists.