Field Mouse Nest

mtomeoAugust 10, 2007

There is a mouse (maybe two) that keeps taking up shelter in my Grill (3rd time now). Anytime we leave it for more that 3 or 4 days, the mouse is back, nest and all. For starters, we've decided to move it to a different part of our deck where we haven't had this problem in the past.

The problem: This mouse is a Mom. The current nest is full of 6-7 babies. And I mean babies. They probably were born 15 minuutes before I found them. Some of you are thinking, "perfect time to kill them", and I understand this...but alas, can't bring myself to do it. Sure, I'll regret this later, but it's not my nature to kill them (adult or baby). We live in the woods and have lived comfortabley together for years. This is the first time they have invaded "my space."

I mentioned this is the third time this/a mouse has set up shelter in my grill. The first time there were babies as well, but slightly older as they could move. I tried to scare the Mom out, but two babies fell off of her as she scurried away. I tried to relocate the nest, but Mom never came back (pretty sure the lil babies are dead...I haven't checked, but the whole area is completely undisturbed).

My question: Is it possible to relocate the nest, and have the Mom actually come back to her babies? She seems like a bird where once a human desturbs the nest, Mom abandons it. Is there any chance I can save these lil guys?

OK, call me a pansy or a pacifist. I can take it. Maybe someone needs to tell me to "suck it up" and just toss them out with the trash. I'll accept any advice.

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mtomeo, mice are mammals and have to nurse their young for a short period after giving birth. This mother-mouse has laid claim (the territorial imperative) to a certain amount of territory which includes the grill and she will defend it against all intrusion. Mice are quite prolific and depriving the mother-mouse of her nestlings will only provide her with time to produce more of the same.
To break the cycle, I suggest that you reclaim your territory by obtaining a cat or some used 'kitty litter'. You can place small containers of the latter strategically around the area to scare her off.
Hopefully this will help breaking the cycle without breaking your heart. You must have read some of James Herriot's books.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2007 at 7:27AM
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I would not call you any of those names. These little rodents are quite prolific and it is your space and you have to establish boundaries. Cat is probably a better suggestion . Recently on my way to work I saw a very old german shepperd walking on very unsteady legs, coming to a very busy street. It appeared this dog was on its own, and I could not let it get run over by a car. So I followed it around the block, the dog looked at me suspiciously a few times and eventually reached a driveway. It went down the driveway to a yard. I knocked on the door and an older woman came. I realized I have seen her in the neighbourhood before. I told her about the dog and she said it should not have been outside at all. It was a sixteen year old male. I can't tell you how gratefull she was this dog was safe. As a younger woman I might have shown some concern for other animals, now I go out of my way to help people and animals. The most satisfying thing in all this: my children have shown same care and consideration for life of others.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 1:04PM
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