Mouse graveyard

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    I have a stone barn. It is weather tight, and I have a workshop in there, plus coal store, log store, oil tank, other storage etc etc.

    During the summer, I never see any mice in there. During the winter (this happened last year and now it happening again this year), mice seem to go in there to die.

    Why?:dk:

    I keep finding healthy (apart from being dead of course:p) mice in the barn, often in the middle of the floor, just....dead. I found one in there this morning, and three yesterday.

    There are pently of gaps for them to get in, but why go inside (to get out of the cold weather I assume) and then just...die?

    There is no poison around and as I said they look healthy before they died.

    Any ideas? :confused:
     
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    Someone else putting down poison bait?
     
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    There's not a slightly leaking propane cylinder perchance? Heavier than air and can pool on the floor
     
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    There isn't a local cat who is taking his 'kills' in there for safe keeping ( or as 'presents' for you ) ?
     
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    you should check out Druks answer, bungalow near me blew up through that happening, took 2 walls clean out of the building, then caught fire & gutted the place. Propane's dangerous stuff.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    No propane in there (no gas at all in the area). The oil tank isn't leaking.

    No one else apart from us has access: the barn is ours and stands totally on our land.

    No cats around here (we are very rural) and our dogs would see them off anyway :D

    Maybe they're chucking themselves off the beams: upset with the X Factor maybe....?
     
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    If there are no signs of damage to the carcasses, then I would go for a heavier-than-air toxin which may not be apparent to a human nose, but which may be enough to knock out a mouse...?

    As X Factor is about all that will be on our family TV set tonight, I may as well drive up and join them!
     
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    Howard may have a point here.....Do you hear Hotel California being played badly?
     
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    I'm sure it's not gas because 1/ there are some big gaps under the doors (it is a barn!) and 2/ our dogs go in there all the time and they never act as though they are ill.
     
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    Hypothermia due to draughts from gaps under door you have not fixed?;)

    A broken heart after their mother was killed by one of your dogs?:rolleyes:
     
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    what dogs have you got ; terriers will definitely kill mice
     
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    You built the barn on a mouse ancestral burial ground?;)
     
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    ...but they are never in there without us. If they find a dead mouse, they just sniff it and look at us as if to say 'we didn't do it!'
     
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    Looks like Brothers Water!
     
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    There's your answer. The dogs have obviously terrified the mice to death! :)
     
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    The one in the middle has a guilty look on his face, wouldn't be surprised if he was hiding a mouse under his tongue as this picture was being taken! :doh:

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