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I have wanted an Asian ceramic mouse trap for several years, and happened to find a local potter at a farmer’s market.  She made a couple for me and I just picked them up. The only bait the trap uses is a drop of tallow on the string that is suspended in the trap.  When the mouse chews through the string, the door drops behind him/her by gravity.07B5A34A-5B23-4713-9456-F1258AC9C054.jpeg

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Nice.

It's also the first off-music post I've seen in the off-music section!

(I haven't looked very hard - I don't want to get into any arguments about "philosophy" lol!)

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Fiddlerman
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October 11, 2018 - 3:49 pm
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Let us know how well it works. Cool trap!

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but the one who needs the least."

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Sorry Fiddlerman.  I don’t plan on writing any reviews on this item.  Purchased strictly as an conversation piece.

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Sounds like you're not planning on using it to trap mice, Irv. With a little bit of creativity - which you have pleanty of - it looks like it could convert to a leaky coffee mug coffee1

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I have to know if it works now. 😉

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Fiddlerman and others.  I can help regarding the part about if it works.  Look at YouTube Video entitled “Ancient Style Clay Mouse Trap in Action.”  Spoiler Alert, the Mouse lives in the end.

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LOL, OK. That's all I needed to know.

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Rodents have been a food source in many cultures for thousands of years.  Live traps such as this one have been perfected by many generations.  I thought that the $35 charged by the potter was very fair.  I don’t know if this price was influenced by my idea suggestion.  She does enjoy making them.  If anyone has an interest, send me a pm and I will provide her studio name and email address.

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I'm all about live mouse traps. Poisoning the mice leads to death of owls, hawks, and other wildlife that eat mice to survive. I've had long arguments with the exterminator at work, haha.... he tried claiming that live traps for mice don't exist, they do... they just aren't as pretty as the one you posted, Irv, haha.

I'm not saying that I don't use kill traps when needed, but I prefer catch and release. I like the look of this trap. $35 is fair considering it being handcrafted. 

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$35 is more than fair. It's a gift IMAO.
I tried to make a cup once at a pottery class and I assure you that it is not as easy as it looks.

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Never seen anything like that before.

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@Irv You have to be one of the most fascinating people I have ever met!!!

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I'm not affiliated with the guy nor do I make any money from this recommendation but wildlife biologist Shawn Woods' YouTube channel is the best regarding mousetraps, live and kill, common and exotic. It's really fascinating.

He has a video of this particular trap.

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Amateur, you have more computer skills than I to add that video.  I just want to add that a mouse can get through a very small opening, so the hanging door can be much lower than shown and still work.  Since the mouse is facing away from the door when sprung, I don’t think that the quick reaction time of the mouse would be much of an issue either way.  Yet, in a society where all meat is valuable, I am sure that all elements of the trap were optimized.

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That would be great for mousekabobs.

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You talk about eating rodents and yet he did that too.

I want everyone to know that this is the same man that refuses to eat store bought chicken after working in a poultry packing plant. Keep that in mind next time you eat some commercial chicken.

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That brings back memories I don't care for. really not much difference in rat and squirrel. He is absolutely right in burning the fur, should have left it on there a little longer for safety reasons and it makes it easier to pull the skin when the fat is heated a little more. My difference is to always break the head off, cause I don't want my dinner looking at me, I don't eat tongues, your food should never taste you back, and I don't eat balls of any kind.

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I always thought of a squirrel as a rat with a press agent.  

Rabbits are another story.  While field dressing them, it seemed to me that God considered them as creation’s cannon fodder and did not expend a lot of time with their physiology.

If the stock market continues to decline, I may be forced to buy a bunch of skewers and take the ceramic traps down from the shelf.

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I'm cajun/native american, I talk slower to people I don't know so they can understand what I'm saying. There was a joke that said the best thing about cajuns was that they could find a meal under any rock.

A squirrel is a rat with a better taylor. He puts on a fur coat and everyone loves him.

If you ever want some recipes for those rabbits, I got them. Batter fried rabbit in brown onion gravy.....thumbs-up

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