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Re: Man vs. Mouse

Post by Marigold » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:10 pm

Are they hoping for a Rodents Vote?
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Re: Man vs. Mouse

Post by rick » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:09 am

Ive been counting their votes every morning in the feeder (which I have been cleaning and refreshing of course.) They were hiding under the nest boxes this evening when I got home but it will be interesting if they are still in the run in the morning as they didn't dig in through the dust bath today and they may not be able to get out through whatever gap in the mesh that let them in (sharp edges etc.)
The hens are not laying at the moment so I could remove the nest boxes and then they would be so easy to catch as any container in there would be the only refuge - slap the lid on and out they go.
Hesitantly confident this this weekend might evict them.

As for the other, who knows, its all so divisive and dangerously dividing we just need it to be done, dusted and consigned to history asap. (Black cloud emoticon needed!)
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Re: Man vs. Mouse

Post by Marigold » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:25 am

Is it possible to remove the feeder overnight?
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Re: Man vs. Mouse

Post by rick » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:30 am

I never seem to be doing the obvious and sensible thing do I? :)
Thing is, at this time of year and when I am working in Birmingham, the mice have at least 3 hours after roost time to run riot before I get home. I'm just putting one day's worth of feed in there (plus a bit) and I know that the mice will visit the feeder so it a good place to point the camera.
Trying to make the run a mouse no go area is often not possible due to the many variations of run or free range arrangements that work perfectly well with benefit that outweigh the odd mouse visit (especially a secure coop overnight and a local cat with otherwise free access.)
My situation is that the run is effectively a very large coop. It should be possible to mouse proof and I'll know when that has happened by none showing up on camera. Hopefully that will be very soon.
The mice had left the run this morning - through the dust bath again! Rendering the inside of that is top of the list.
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Re: Man vs. Mouse

Post by chrismahon » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:37 pm

As you are not there to remove the feeder Rick, could you connect it to an auto door closer somehow (counterbalance weight needed) and lift it out of the way at dusk?
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Re: Man vs. Mouse

Post by rick » Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:17 pm

Thats a good idea Chris. If I had a light sensitive door mechanism it would defiantly do the trick.
I do have a 1 RPM motor (would drive a large model carousel) but, unfortunately, you cant be sure which way it will start turning when its turned on.
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Re: Man vs. Mouse

Post by rick » Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:20 pm

And here is the after. It should be going off firm before nightfall
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Re: Man vs. Mouse

Post by rick » Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:35 pm

The base of the dustbath is a concrete slab which was the old garden footpath from somewhere around the 50's I think. Its 8 inches below the existing ground level in the garden which I find interesting - how soil just accumulates over the years!

And this is a good idea because...?
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Re: Man vs. Mouse

Post by rick » Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:36 am

The mice are now climbing the mesh and going under the smooth DPC to find large enough holes in the hex mesh at the very top where I ran out of 1/2 inch weld mesh. Its good to know that the DPC stops them climbing over but will have to finish the weld mesh right to the top.
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Re: Man vs. Mouse

Post by chrismahon » Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:57 am

Can you use a piece of angled aluminium to close the gap Rick? You can buy that at all the DIY stores here and I think I saw it last visit in B&Q, but I know in England it was always far cheaper bought from a trade metal supplier.

We've had a final rush of house mice trying to set up for Winter in our outbuildings. But now it's turned colder they have stopped coming- good job as we have nearly run out of Nutella.
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