There is mice at my uncles farm and they keep being eaten, how do  insure their survival and help them breed. ok so they live in the hay bails and nearly all of them are gone and apart from the hay bails they have nowhere to live. a person nearly took all the hay bails and there are not many mice left. I love having them there and tying to catch them so ill say it again how can I help them repopulate the farm. I bought a live mouse trap in hope to catch some and keep them in a cage and breed them and then let them go. would this work and if not how can I help them while they are still here? I REALLY DONT WANT THEM TO BE GONE FROM THE FARM!

Hi Adam,

Chances are they are not gone!  If mice were that easy to be rid of, we wouldn't have nearly so many traps and poisons on the market.  If their nests were removed, they have probably moved to a different area.  Just because they are not in the hay bales does not mean they are off of the farm.  They have probably moved to the walls, different buildings or supplies, even inside machinery that isn't used often.  They can travel all over the place at night, so mice that find a predator-free area will repopulate all on their own within a matter of months.

Wild mice are completely feral and will probably not breed in an enclosure - it is very stressful to a wild mouse to be kept in a cage.  You would also have to find a way to simulate their natural diet and hydration sources, and when released, they would be at a disadvantage to mice who were raised in a natural setting.  I would advise against captive breeding for releasing on the farm.

Perhaps you could try instead leaving food sources around the farm?  You would need to find a way to protect it from bugs and other animals.  Mice are very hardy and very persistent - I bet if you give it a little bit of time you will start to see where they've gone to.

Best of luck!


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