Build a Better Mousetrap

My mother, as I may have already mentioned, feeds the birds on an industrial scale. She even has a specially constructed bunker outside the house for storing bird food, including a huge plastic tub to hold peanuts for the peanut feeder. The two mice who chewed their way into the tub must have thought they’d reached some sort of mouse heaven. Here were peanuts beyond their wildest dreams, and a lovely dark peaceful place in which to enjoy them…

The flaw in this plan, once the peanut level had dropped as the weeks wore on, must only have occurred to them after they had squeezed through their usual hole and into the tub. Whether it was because the level was now too low for them to jump out again, or that they were just too tubby to get back out the way they had come in, they were now stuck and had no option but to wait for rescue, undoubtedly getting heartily sick of peanuts in the process. Fortunately for the mice, my parents are kind hearted people and merely tipped them out into the garden to go and raid someone else’s stores. But if there’s anyone out there who wants an extremely humane mousetrap, I think this design might be a goer…

8 Responses to Build a Better Mousetrap

  1. John Gibson says:

    I like that picture.

  2. emma c says:

    Lovely pic. It is not often you get that close to a wild mouse! I saw one once on my compost heap. Don’t they have lovely black eyes?

  3. disgruntled says:

    John – thanks
    Emma – with the neighbour’s cat, I suspect we may be about to get a few more close encounters with wild mice, albeit probably not in as good nick as these ones… but they are rather cute I have to admit

  4. Dom says:

    I’m willing to bet the mice find their way back to the abundant source of food 🙂

  5. disgruntled says:

    oh they will. And my parents will keep gently rescuing them whenever they get stuck

  6. WOL says:

    When I fed the birds before, I inadvertently fed the local feral cat population as I occasionally found wads of feathers secreted away behind the honeysuckle and between the fences. I really ought to put out some kind of feeder again as my cats do enjoy watching the “prey” come to the feeders and it certainly helps the birds make it through the winter.

  7. disgruntled says:

    yes, we’re going to have to find a way to feed the birds without feeding the neighbour’s cat. Possibly a hanging bird table off the washing line.

  8. flaneur brian says:

    I’m sure our local cats regard bird food simply as bait too. Metal containers are best. Old biscuit tins work well.

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