>>2037133 >>2037134 I had a mice problem last week, caught em with glue traps, and killed almost 5 of them. havent seen any this week.
I drowned one in hot spinning water, thought that wasnt too bad. I tried using the edge of a slab of wood to crush the next one in the backyard, i missed its head and completely flattened its bottom half and i quickly smashed its head a couple times to end its pain quick. I vowed to never do that again.
I caught the third and fourth in one trap and tried something different, more humane. I wrapped them in a paper towel, put them in a ziplock bag, and found a 30lb dumbell and squashed them. The last one my little brother wanted to let it free so I spared it. We went to the mountain and released it with olive oil. Coyotes would probably ate it by now.
>be moving stuff out of old home >removing dressers drawers from vanity >one of them is stuck >finally pull it out and find a moma mouse feeding 2 pups under a chewed up teddy bear >friend automatically picks it up by the tail >babies are attached to the mother's nipples >he tosses her into the nearby bush >see her crawl away like a lizard with the pups still attached
I like them. They aren't as friendly as rats, but can still be chill enough that you enjoy letting them climb on you. I want to start breeding sone pet ones in the next year or so when I have a proper set up to do it. Probably sell the extras for snake food once I figure out a humane enough way to kill them.
>>2037562 rats have awesome coat variations, from naked to smooth to curly (prefer rex/curly rats fyi, they feel like teddy bears) and they come in a million different colours. Can't get bored of ratties :)
>>2037705 Probably could train them, but I imagine it would be a little harder and you would have to keep their territorial behavior in mind, making sure if you more than one that they don't feel the need to mark.
>catch mouse in humane trap >feel it running around in it >10 min drive to field >open trap, it just plops out, arm slowly moving
I didn't drive rough at all and the trap didn't even move. It's like it drowned itself in its own piss and shit on purpose. The most humane thing that I could have done at this point was step on it but I didn't have the balls so I left it and covered it in the snow thinking it would quickly freeze to death since it was already wet.
It doesn't take a lot to kill a rodent dude, Jesus Christ. I had caught a massive fucking rat in a glue trap once, and it was screaming like fucking mad, so I gave it a pat with a wooden mallet. No muss, no fuss. No mess. It died instantly, then I trashed it.
I also had a cat that was teasing a little mouse. It's spine was broken, or it was in shock and just breathing heavily. She kept flipping it into the air and catching it. I couldn't watch it suffer like that, so when she dropped it by my foot to show me how proud of her catch she was, I stepped on it. She walked over, and ate it immediately. She never teased prey again after that in front of me. What she would do is drag them by me, and eat them in front of me instead. Strange creature. She caught a rabbit once twice her size. I was proud of her, but she kept the carcass nearby and ate it for a few days, which I wasn't as pleased about, but I let her do her thing. I miss that crazy little thing.
Not really. You just need to have something they can't chew, or slip out of. Plexiglass terrariums are one option, but if they can find a way out of the top, they will. They are escape artists. They also offer poor ventilation. Wire cages offer great ventilation which helps with ammonia build up, but if the bars are spaced more than 1cm apart, they will slip out eventually.
Straight up plastic all-in-one cages are terrible. They will shit, and piss all over them and the smell will be disastrous. As will the possibility of poor oxygen flow killing them from CO2 buildup.
Just use a bathtub for their out-of-enclosure "play time" and clean up wont be as much of an issue. It's child's play to clean a bathtub, and most tubs are nigh impossible for a mouse to escape from as long as you keep an eye on them, and make sure there's nothing they can use the climb out. Because they -will- climb the fuck out and they will be hard to recapture.
Rats tend to bond more deeply with humans than mice, and escaped rats are smart enough to know that their enclosure = safety, security, warmth, and food. So they might run around chewing things, but there's a good chance they'll come back. Mice? Not so much. Mice are like cats, they tend to like you, maybe bond with you, but not to the extent that rat's are more likely to. Or at least not as readily, or as often as rats will. In that regard you can compare rats to dogs. They can actually exhibit traits akin to loyalty.
What happened was that it was left in a small, enclosed space with no "out" for an extended period of time which probably sent it into shock.
Mice, rats, and burrowing rodents/mammals crave security. They need to know that no matter where they are, there are always within reach of the safety of an escape route, or a hiding place at a moment's notice. Removing that possibility is traumatizing for them.
That's why when you build structures for them to explore inside of, it's always considered a good idea to give it windows. They love being able to peek out of them, both to survey their surroundings, and to give them the notion that they always have that "out" in case something goes down. It keeps them happy, calm, and satisfied. It lets them enjoy themselves without as much worry, which makes for a happy mousey/ratty.
>>2038556 >Mice, rats, and burrowing rodents/mammals crave security. They need to know that no matter where they are, there are always within reach of the safety of an escape route, or a hiding place at a moment's notice. Removing that possibility is traumatizing for them.
That's just the way they are. They're insanely curious to a fault; they crave familiarity and safety at the same time. Without knowing they're absolutely safe in everything they do, they most likely wont do it.
It's what's helped them survive as a successful species up until this point, so it can't be a bad thing.
>>2037738 Not really, seeing as only one likes to be held, and only for very short little periods of time. So yeah they'd piss and shit on me if I was carrying them around but I don't do that, and they don't want me to anyway so it doesn't matter.
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