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post #11 of 22 Old 11-08-2011, 06:23 PM
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It's far safer to have mouse feces around your horse feed than little rotting bacteria-laden mouse bodies and mammal poison.
Get a cat with the taste for mouse and you don't need to bother with either, good mouser eats the whole thing. I wouldn't trade my barn cat for the world, he's certainly worth his weight.
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post #12 of 22 Old 11-08-2011, 07:09 PM
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yep if an alternative to a cat would be a mechanical trap. But I was still catching one a day till I got a cat.

One of the tv news shows did a study in a big abandoned building they sectioned off. Put poison in one, traps in another, and a coupel dumpster ferral cats in the third. A week later the cat one was wiped out.
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It's far safer to have mouse feces around your horse feed than little rotting bacteria-laden mouse bodies and mammal poison.
Actually a poisoned mouse dries out & is mummified, the poison preserves them. You can actually throw them around like frisbee.
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An idea most people wouldn't like would be relocating a native snake, such as a Cali King, or Gopher snake to your shed. I am trying to convince my parents to introduce a couple Black King snakes to our barn for pest control. King snakes are wonderful creatures, and the ones you find in California are gorgeous. Not aggressive. Not venomous. Can reach places the cats can't. And they are very good eaters. They are perfectly harmless. Gopher snakes are relatives to some of my FAVORITE snakes. They too are not aggressive or venomous and perfectly harmless, unless you are a mouse.
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post #15 of 22 Old 11-09-2011, 06:48 AM
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The problem with using snakes is generally the biggest mouse problems come in the late fall when it gets cold and natural food places dry up. SO mice are looking for food and a warm place to stay. Snakes hibernate. Maybe not an issue in CA though.

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An idea most people wouldn't like would be relocating a native snake, such as a Cali King, or Gopher snake to your shed. I am trying to convince my parents to introduce a couple Black King snakes to our barn for pest control. King snakes are wonderful creatures, and the ones you find in California are gorgeous. Not aggressive. Not venomous. Can reach places the cats can't. And they are very good eaters. They are perfectly harmless. Gopher snakes are relatives to some of my FAVORITE snakes. They too are not aggressive or venomous and perfectly harmless, unless you are a mouse.
It is another idea, but me personally I can't handle snakes. I don't care if they're cute little garder snakes, I had a traumatic experience with one as a kid and they scare the crap out of me. Indie too, she freezes and refuses to move when a snake is in the barn. We had a slight infestation one year when our chickens decided to lay eggs in the hay down in the corner and I never saw them... snakes did and got fat pretty quick.
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I don't mind snakes at all and actually think there is something quite elegant about them.

DH however would never step foot in the barn again if I tried that! The man is fearless...except when it comes to snakes.
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Actually a poisoned mouse dries out & is mummified, the poison preserves them. You can actually throw them around like frisbee.
Er.. May I ask how you knew that?!

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Too bad you're not closer. I have reache "Critical Mass" on the barn cats and will be rehoming a bunch free for nothing. Every pasture that's not in our mile section has gopher holes and people have mouse issues in their houses, feed rooms etc. Our mile section is STARTLING when you drive down the road because there is not a single gopher hole in any of the pastures and none of my neighbors has a mouse issue anywhere. I have 45 cats and a few pregnant mammas, so have contacted several farms who want good mousers and off they go. I'll keep a couple females and an intact male for future kitties, and when I reach 40 plus cats again, will rehome the others. Around here a reliable barn cat is worth its weight in feed!
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We have barn cats that patrol the feed shed and the henhouse. They get fed every night and are so friendly they are annoying - (run up to the car like dogs when I get home, and I have never fed them!). However, they do keep the population down quite a bit. DH thought the cats were eating our eggs because the number of eggs dropped off a few weeks ago. I had to explain to him that the hens were molting. We DO see the stupid cats in the henhouse stealing some of the scraps we feed the chicken. Oh well. Since our hens are mostly game crosses, the cats wouldn't stand much of a chance if a hen really objected to sharing...

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