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Old 03-26-2013
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Default Protection from mice and rats

Hopefully we will have our first bird very soon and I've been planning my "bird nest". We have approximately 300 acres with some houses/sheds on one side ( so think in the country!) and I will be leveling a spot and building a cover. We don't seem to have problems with rats chewing wires on tractors or the farm truck but I'm paranoid about leaving my bird unprotected. Are there any tried and true ways of keeping rats etc out of a coach and chewing wires? (Besides cats and keeping it mowed down)

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Mice can do lots of damage is a short time. When we got ours a couple of years ago, we decided to pay for indoor storage. Did not dream there would be mice in the new building. But in a short time we had them in the coach. Got some pellets in the little packages at the farm store and they were gone in a flash. Still keep these in the bays. and in the corners of the storage building.
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DuWayne,
I have my bird inside a heated building. I used to use poison, like Mallie, but my dog got into it and almost killed her. Had I not gotten home in time to get her to the vet she would not have made it. We got a cat. Called him Killer. There was nothing that moved that he didn't get. He solved my pest problem for several years. He may have tangled with a coyote for the tenth time and forgot that he only had nine lives. I'm not sure what happened to him but when I found him he was dead. Right after that I found a mouse in the barn. So I went with the traditional mouse traps baited with peanut butter. I place a trip at each point a mouse might gain access to the bird. Each tire and the power cord, where it lies on the ground. Every once in a while one gets caught. I have not seen any evidence of them in the coach.

If I didn't have the dogs around I would have no problem using poison.
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The bucket trap works very well and does not need to be reset, just periodically emptied. I use potable antifreeze so I don't put poisoned, dead mice in the woods where I dispose of them.

From Jim Doel:

Gardner, so this is the mouse trap that needs very little maintanence, and it works.
-You take an empty 5 gallon pail and remove the handle
-then you drill a 1/4 hole in the center of a soda can end to end
-next fit the can over a piece of stiff wire and put it through the handle holes in the pail, now you have the soda can able to spin in the center of the pail, near the top
-next you smear peanut butter on the can around the center so the mouse needs to climb on the can to get to it.
-then fill the pail 1/3 full of green glycol antifreeze
-the last step is placing a board for a ramp up to the top of the pail
The mice will walk up the board, try to get to the soda can with the peanut butter then fall into the antifreeze and die
This really works. My buddy puts one in the barn every year and kills dozens of mice before he needs to scoop them out.
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I have plastic traps that open to put in bait / poison and lock closed to keep out cats / dogs and other large anamiles.
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Will moth balls work? I was thinking a few in each bay.
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we put moth balls under the coach,on the pavement or ground..
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I had a 1977 FC in storage in Washington one summer while working Alaska. The mice got into it and wreaked more havoc than a gang of teen age drug addicts could have. Since then, I get Decon blocks and put one in each bay, and particularly, where the utility cords and hoses enter.

If you are storing it inside and have no animals near it, use the Decon blocks and put a small bowl of antifreeze near each wheel. Animals love the antifreeze but it doesn't love the animals.
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a product called Fresh Cab
smells a whole better than moth balls
http://www.earth-kind.com/products/
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