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sdellin 11-08-2011 11:34 AM

Mice in the Hay Shed?
I have cute furry little mice (or mouse) in the hay shed. I noticed one today when I opened the door. How bad is this? I called our pest control company and they will come out to bait the mouse/rat boxes. I was planning to put the boxes in the hay shed. They are enclosed, so the bait won't contaminate the hay.

However, the mice apparently go off and.... well... die. Is there any problem with this process around the hay? The bait will not touch the hay, but the mice I'm assuming will eat the bait and go back under the pallets, where they seem to be living.

For the record, I HATE killing mice, or any other animal, but I'm assuming it's necessary for the safety of my horse.


Jake and Dai 11-08-2011 11:37 AM

Is it possible for you to get a barn cat? I had mice in my barn until I adopted a feral cat (after she was spayed). Feeding her in the barn kept her around the barn and the mouse problem went away pretty quick. She only got 3 of them that I saw within the first few days, then after that they seemed to stay away.

Speed Racer 11-08-2011 11:41 AM

Why would you call a pest control company? If you want to kill 'em with poison, Walmart sells the same stuff for a heck of a lot less.

I don't use poison anywhere near the barn. I have 3 barn cats for rodent control. Much more user friendly, and the mice won't get in the hay and die, thus contaminating it.

Tianimalz 11-08-2011 11:47 AM

I had a mouse problem.
Showed my aunts half wild cat where the mice hang out.

Haven't had a mouse in a year, but have had one fat cat sleeping on the hay bale.

Corporal 11-08-2011 11:48 AM

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.

MHFoundation Quarters 11-08-2011 11:51 AM

Ditto on the barn cats. I have 4. I'm not a cat person but love that they keep our barn & hay barn critter free. The youngest one is pretty entertaining too, he's hunts anything and everything, walks the rafters in the indoor and tries to catch birds. Fun to watch until he bails for one while I'm riding youngsters. I'm positive one of these days he is going to land on the south end of a north bound horse and give me a real good ride.

shortysmalls 11-08-2011 11:53 AM

Our barn cat is actually a dog :O
I always wondered cause I always see mice. Running across the tops of the stalls, scurrying to get in a wall and hide, one came out in front of me whilst in a stall with my horse, another was messing around the feed trash can!
Jessie (the dog) is always getting mice and eating them. YUCK. But I still see them, we considered traps, but if Jessie is getting the mice we dont want her to accidentally get in the traps or bait so... We just have to deal.

tempest 11-08-2011 12:12 PM

If you get a cat, get it fixed first. Cats may not be rabbits, but it's amazing how quickly you could end up with more cats than you wanted.

Joe4d 11-08-2011 12:14 PM

Poisons have a habit of poisoning the wrong thing. Cats are better. I have chickens and was afraid they would either get some of the bait or the dead mice. Now I have poison in my eggs. Kinda defeats the whole reason I have no chemical free range eggs. Lots of cats need a home. Get a fixed one from the pound, get it some shots put an auto feeder in the barn no more mice.
Mice arnt a huge problem they will eat through a plastic trach can to get to the feed and can squeeze under metal lids, the biggest surprise will come in the spring. A barn full on mice will eventually be a barn with less mice one way or the other. A cat rubbing up against your leg and purring is way mo better than a big fat king snake falling on your head when you pull down a bale of hay.

bubba13 11-08-2011 03:51 PM

It's far safer to have mouse feces around your horse feed than little rotting bacteria-laden mouse bodies and mammal poison.

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