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Building a Better Mouse Trap

Well, the chicken feed was getting devoured at an amazing rate, but the birds were neither gaining weight nor laying a dozen eggs a week each.  So, a late night investigation revealed a bumper crop of field mice this spring.

They weren't interested in formal traps... so we went redneck.  I don't suppose they cover this in mouse school - it really is effective.  We caught 6 the first night, 2 the next, and 1 the following night.

If you're squeemish about the demise of hanta-virus bearing rodents, you might skip the last photo.

Calm coop by day, overrun by night
Calm coop by day, overrun by night

Something new...
Something new in the yard.  The birds looked the contraption for all of about a minute, and then ignored it.

Elegantly simple and effective.
Elegantly simple and effective.  The can on the spindle has a thin coating of all-natural peanut butter.

And who can resist a midnight snack of all-natural peanut butter?
And who can resist a midnight snack of all-natural peanut butter?