The other week, I noticed the flock block my girls got from their Grandparents for Christmas had some pieces falling out of the package. It was a rainy day and I was going to set it up in the coop run for the girls since they were going to be cooped up all day.
I knew right away it was mice. I've seen droppings here and there in the shed but I've never seen a mouse or seen damage from one.
A pretty good chunk was missing.
I put the block in the coop in it's hanging basket so the chickens wouldn't be bored. They loved pecking at this block. It was gone within a few days. I need to get them another one for snowy/rainy days when they stay in the coop and run.
I cleaned up the mess the mice made and organized a little.
This morning, while in the shed getting treats for the girls I noticed a new mess on the shelf. Right away I knew the mice have been having a feast on my dime. The mealworms aren't cheap. They are $25 per bag. I was mad.
Look at the hole. I know the mice need food too and are just trying to survive.
I got some plastic containers and emptied the packages.
Here's the mealworms and cracked corn in the containers.
I had so much corn so I filled it up in some empty peanut containers. Glad I kept the peanut containers. I knew they'd come in handy.
If you're wondering what the cayenne pepper is for. I sprinkle it in the layer feed with garlic powder and dried basil. It's good for the girls. Natural dewormers. :)
This actually made me laugh. Who knew mice liked pumpkin seeds.
Mice are smart animals being able to open packages like those.
I cleaned up all the messes and made sure there was no packages and that everything was in some sort of container. I also swept the shed out real good.