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Any ideas for a mouse trap that feeds the caught mice to chickens?

 
Patrick Freeburger
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I love the idea of the 5 gallon bucket for catching and drowning mice, but I hate the idea of scooping drowned mice corpses out every day.  I also love the videos on permies of chickens chasing and eating mice.  Has anyone devised a mouse trap that catches mice and makes them available to hungry chickens the next day?  I'm assuming live mice are better than dead ones since they are fresher even if the occasional one escapes.  This may be morbid to a few people, but getting rid of mice and feeding chickens would be killing two birds mice with one stone AND most importantly save me the trouble of scoping out mice carcasses in the morning.  I assume it would just need occasional re-baiting.  I would appreciate any thoughts or ideas.  Thanks, Patrick   
 
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There is one trap designed to be emptied by foxes, cats, birds of prey, etc. I do not know if the chicken, as a relative of T. rex, is considered a bird of prey. But I guess they can be trained to empty the boxes as well.

http://topcat.ch/Beschreibung-2_1.html

See the monitoring videos as well

http://topcat.ch/Monitoring_films-2_4.html

Maybe the trap could be designed in a way that when the chicken walks on a bar, it lifts the lid of the trap, like some chicken feeders made to avoid birds eating the feed.
 
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Hans,
Thanks that is helpful.  I have some places outside the chicken run where that could work great.  I haven't seen that in the US. 
I haven't seen my chickens eat mice, but I have seen videos of other chickens doing it.  Attached is the crude mock up of my idea to turn a chicken treadle feeder into a mouse dispenser.
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mouse trap - chicken feeder combo
 
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Great!  That is awesome!
This was exactly the type of chicken feed dispenser I was thinking of, but could not find any picture.

The trap I showed could probably be modified so the lid is lifted with the weight of chickens. I am saying that because I have seen chicken hunt mice, and do not know if mice would adventure themselves so far from a seemingly safe hole on a tiny ladder. Maybe only at night?

Could you keep me informed of how it works, and maybe send me some pictures?
 
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Here's a magnetic version of a bucket trap.  I bet you could modify the system to make it fit with the above concepts for making the mice available to your chickens.



or the modified version here



 
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