Despite having three sprung traps and two live mouse traps in place last night we did not catch anything again. I wondered whether they had not been in as I hadn’t seen anything.
I was cleaning the coop and decided to transfer the food into plastic containers and put them on the shelf, off the floor. I know mice would make short work of climbing up so I hope they don’t start investigating the shelf as it is the ceiling of the chicken coop and I think it would freak the chickens out.
I found loads of mouse droppings behind a piece of plywood that was leaning up against the wall. I guess they’ve been hiding behind it while eating the food. It was where the mouse had hidden when it came into the shed while I was in there, but I’d moved it about so they couldn’t get under, or so I thought.
Once the area was clear I placed the traps properly, I’ve since learnt the proper way to place them. Figure out where the “runs” are, which are generally along the wall, then place the traps with the trigger against the wall so they climb up onto it.
My plan is to leave the entry point open for a while and see what we catch. I’m confident now that if they enter the shed they won’t be getting out. The food is safe in containers and I think it’s also safe from being investigated where it is on the shelf.
I think I know where the nest will be and can gain access by removing one single piece of featherboard, I might have a look this weekend. I’m sure the chickens will deal with any run away mice.
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