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    Finally a decent mousetrap....

    I have a problem with mice in the chook shed.
    The little buggers seem to be able to jump up into the feeder so the chickens have to sort out food from mouse poo !

    I set some conventional traps inside an ice cream container with a couple of holes in it so the chickens don't get trapped. I used cheese as bait and bound it up with cotton to make it hard to remove.
    Managed to catch a couple but most of the time they managed to eat every bit of cheese without the trap going off. Looking at the amount of poo in the ice cream container they had been having a party in there !!
    I put poison baits in the ice cream container but the mice didn't touch them.

    Found this in Bunnings Nooski Revolutionary Ring Traps - The Safe, Cleaner Solution for trapping rodents

    It uses castration rings stretched open and the trigger is above the bait. As the mouse tries to get to the bait the ring is released around their neck.
    Caught 3 mice last night and not one of them managed to get to the bait !

    You can buy the castration rings in bulk from ebay if you have a major problem.


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    Buy a container of 300 rings from your local ag supplier.
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    Re the mice getting the bait without setting the trap off. A couple of tips here.

    Put the cheese on the bait plate and heat the bottom of the plate with a match or cigarette lighter to melt the cheese to the plate.

    The hold down bar. It will have a small lip at the end where it goes into the bait plate holder hole. This will be from the the factory cut off machine. Carefully file the lip down to eliminate it. If you file too much the bar will be too smooth and tapered so the trap will be impossible to set.

    Good luck!

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    I bought one of these feeders for our chooks, haven't seen any mice or rats or poo for months .best thing is I now save on feed as well.
    Regards Pas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theelms66 View Post
    I bought one of these feeders for our chooks, haven't seen any mice or rats or poo for months .best thing is I now save on feed as well.
    Regards Pas.
    We had one like that a few years ago
    Problem is when a chook gets in it to have a scratch
    The other chooks jump off and now we have a chook trapFinally a decent mousetrap....
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    Best rodent bait I ever used was bacon rubbed with garlic. Best tied on with a bit of strong cotton. The little buggers are adept at removing bait from traps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav 110 View Post
    We had one like that a few years ago
    Problem is when a chook gets in it to have a scratch
    The other chooks jump off and now we have a chook trapFinally a decent mousetrap....
    You need bigger chooks

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    We don't want to castrate the mice, we'd rather kill them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbjorn View Post
    Best rodent bait I ever used was bacon rubbed with garlic. Best tied on with a bit of strong cotton. The little buggers are adept at removing bait from traps.
    Me brother uses bacon with a beer bottle for rats
    If you can set up a beer bottle on the edge of a bucket of water (neck above the bucket) with a ramp up to stabilise the bottle and allow access for the rats
    Put the bacon inside the bottle neck and when the rats step out on the bottle neck to get to the end they slip into the bucket
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    Quote Originally Posted by POD View Post
    We don't want to castrate the mice, we'd rather kill them.
    That depends entirely on what they are trying to do when the rig snaps!

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