Weasel in the kitchen

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  1. Nimrod

    Nimrod Well-Known Member

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    The dog was going ape this morning. I thought he was smelling a mouse. He went in the bedroom and a weasel ran under the kitchen stove. (Sorry, it was still in it's white coloration so it was an ermine)

    Why was there a weasel in my kitchen? I don't leave any food out. What could it have found to eat?

    I think I will leave the chickens locked up in there coop for a while.
     
  2. RomeGrower

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    We had that happen in our mobile home in Maine one time. It stood up and looked at me then ran back under the cupboard. It was white and we determined it to be an ermine too. I think a few of our chickens had issues with it too.
     

  3. haypoint

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    As long as he's in the house, you'll never have a mouse problem. But that's like my area, now that we have wolves, coyotes aren't much of a problem anymore.
     
  4. jennigrey

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    There was an ermine farm about two miles from our place. Several years ago, some animal-rights people came in and let a bunch of them loose. We had a lot of them around here for a while but none ever got in our house, so far as I knew. I think that the local population has reached its normal numbers now.

    Look at it this way - you probably won't have any rats or mice in your house so long as you have an ermine! More effective than a cat or terrier, IMHO.
     
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    Haypoint got to the silver lining before I did!
     
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    Weasels eat mice. Mice come in in the winter. Therefore weasels come in looking for mice. They are very nasty critters even if they look cute. Eliminate the weasel. Next best, eliminate the mice. Be safe.

    We picked up an older yellow lab from a rescue when we moved onto a farm in Idaho years ago. I wanted a dog around to feel safer. He took care of the weasels. He took care of the mice. Was a fabulous family dog. Then I caught him taking care of the barn cats. Bit my FIL. Then bit a stranger who stopped to tell us that one of our calves was out of the fence. Dog warden came and forced us to put him down. I knew I couldn't keep a dog that was a biter but felt awful. He was such a wonderful companion.
     
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    In Delaware CTY, NY, my step-mom has 3 weasels in the house right now...
     
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    I have something in my pantry right now. Isn't a mouse,set off all the traps without getting caught. It moves extremly fast,saw a brown flash once, eats squash and potatoes and haven't seen any droppings. The trouble maker even has knocked down some jars,luckly they fell onto potatoe storage. I suspect chickmunk or squirl. Oh ya, it ate some corn I had drying for seed.
     
  9. Bearfootfarm

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    Get some RAT traps, and bait with peanut butter
    Wrap some twine around the trigger and smear just a little peanut butter on it so they can't just lick it off
     
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    Interesting that folks want to kill the weasel while others will go to the pet store and buy a ferret. Stinky, biters, unhealthy.....Its a strange, strange world we live in , Master Jack.
     
  11. KIT.S

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    Mom and Dad fed Herman the Ermine in Alaska. He had his own dish on the porch under the bird feeder. He would come to the window and beg if no one had put food out for him.
    I also had a baby ermine who would come sit on my shoes and take food out of my fingers. Neither ever came into the house, but after running into a big nasty mink in the chicken coop, I wouldn't want to plan on making any of the wild weasel family into house pets.
    We had made the rabbit cages too short, and the rabbits lost toes to weasels who would stand on the ground and bite what stuck through the wire.
    Kit
     
  12. DarleneJ

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    Ferrets purchased in pet stores are domesticated. There are wild ferrets as well. Wild ferrets are not sold to the general public for the same reasons that weasels are not.


    Weasels have a bacteria in their mouth that make their bites more prone to infection. They can also be rabid and for their size are powerful biters.


    If the OP has children in the home, visiting children, or children or that play in the yard I would not encourage co-existance with weasels. They are not as benign as pet store ferrets.


    Also, once they get a taste of chicken, they will come back every night until either the chickens are gone or the weasel is gone. Oh, and if you find a dead chicken in the morning that is missing a head or most of a head, that would be how you know it was killed by a weasel.
     
  13. uncle Will in In.

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    How could a weasel get in your house?? A hole big enough for a weasel is big enough for rats, Mice, Snakes, Mink, and many other cuddly pets. I'd blow his brains out, and plug the hole.
     
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    Domesticated? A "pet" known to bite isn't on my list of domesticated animals. Weasels and ferrets have bacteria in their mouths that make their bites prone to infection. Ferrets happen to carry diseases that humans can catch and humans carry bacteria that can induce illnesses in ferrets. Because of this, ferrets in captivity, close contact with humans, don't generally live long lives.
    I wouldn't want children around wild mice, domesticated mice, weasels or ferrets. Pet store ferrets are not sanitary or disease free.

    Weasels will kill chickens by removing the head. but so will mink, raccoons and sometimes the neighbor's dog.
     
  15. Zilli

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    I had ferrets for years - as many as five at a time at one point.

    Wonderful, smart, and personable pets - among my favorite.

    A wild weasel in the house would be another matter, if for no other reason than it is a wild animal and could be unpredictable, as well as the disease factor.

    Me? I'd try to live trap it and move it to a different location where its mouse catching abilities would be better appreciated - even to another location on your property (if you don't have poultry) - a barn or other outbuilding perhaps.

    Then plug its point of entrance to the house.
     
  16. Allen W

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    He'll leave when he gets the mice cleaned out.
     
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  17. watcher

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    If I recall ferret is Latin for spear shaped stinky little thief.
     
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    You sure you hadn't been drinking and got the munchies? I can do all those things if I drink.
     
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    I've been thinking of live trapping a weasel and putting it in the attic to clean out the flying squirrels and mice. I figure that if the mice can find their way to the attic the weasel can find it's way out when it runs out of food. If it ends up in the living quarters I'll just open the door and drive it outside.
     
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  20. Zilli

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    We had one ("Holly") who would steal socks and hide them under the couch. lol