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Old 07-19-2009, 09:19 AM   #1
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My wife did not like the idea of poison, blunt force trauma or sticky traps for mice when we first moved out here to BFE, so I designed this to catch them alive so she could drop them off far away in the woods. a dab of peanut butter on the locking door end, and their weight closes the red door behind them, snapping tight to the (of course) hard drive magnets. it comes apart easily for cleaning with the two rods. works well for chipmunks and other rodents too.

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Old 07-19-2009, 10:52 AM   #2
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to catch them alive so she could drop them off far away in the woods.
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Where they become food for hawks, snakes & bigger prey
But don't tell her that
Looks like it works
My Uncle used to catch squirrels live & bring them to our other Uncle
Who would then feed them to his Hawk

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Old 07-19-2009, 11:12 AM   #3
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shhhhhh.....
i think she knows they're on their own, but she figures at least they won't go to waste.
and, yup, it works fine! i forgot though, i had to add a cowling over the top half of the red door, seems they'd stand on the end and trip it. i'll repair it and repost a new pic. the 'play' is only 1/16th of an inch, it's so finely balanced. the notch on the rocking platform tips the door, then gravity and the magnets take over. you KNOW when you have a mouse, it's loud! *!SNAP!*
i also had to build a coon trap when we got here. that was a strong wire cage with a snap door similar.

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I think we need to see some pics of this thing in action, with mice in it.
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... whatever it is dm, it looks cool
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:59 AM   #6
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I think we need to see some pics of this thing in action, with mice in it.
i guess i'll have to do that when i get a few minutes...

i know it's hard to believe that anything i make works right considering how easily everyone has figured out how all of my magic tricks work......

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Old 08-02-2009, 08:51 AM   #7
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How much did you pay that mouse to pose for the camera?
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this darn thing REALLY works great!, i checked it today and found THIS!!!

i've NEVER gotten a twofer before! lol

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your mice are not as cute as mine! Very clever idea!!! I caught six field mice and yes I did let them go next to a new play ground. I packed them food , some old pieces of cloth and a old thermos I turned into a temp shelter. I felt terrible relocating them, but man, you should of seen what they did to my insulation..it's going to take forever to fix the mess they did to my cellar
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OMG. I just had a shiver. I can understand Mrs. DM's thinking, but I'm afraid I won't go to this effort.

But, it reminds me of the baby mouse story. One day, before the children were even school age(around 4 & 5 yrs old), my son comes and tells me, "Mom, there are some cute little rat babies in my dresser drawer, wanna see?"

I go and sure enough they are there! About 6 of them. Yes, I freaked! But, since the Boss (my husband) worked out of town, he wasn't home to deal with this. I carry the drawer outside and empty it. I then go and get my old bat. I'm standing there with the bat in my hand when my son looks up at me and says, "Mom, what are you going to do with the baseball bat?"

Oh my. Right, I couldn't do it. I know! So, I take my kids for a ride to town and explain the whole nature thing of why we can't keep rodents in our house. I got thru this situation.

Then it was snakes. Oh yes, over the years, I killed those right infront of my children! Sorry. But, the best kind of snake is a dead one.
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oh geeze, I never kill our snakes here, I just grab their tails and walk them back out to the woods....
They have a very important job to do.

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this darn thing REALLY works great!, i checked it today and found THIS!!!
i've NEVER gotten a twofer before! lol
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They were looking for a room
We have some red tailed hawks around here, they seem to keep the population down
The swimming pool has probaby killed 2 dozen mice/moles/voles over the years
Then there are a lot of cats around...they probably kill more then the hawks
But I kill them if I catch them....too many problems & they carry fleas
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