Edited by whitg - 10/15/15 at 7:28pm
Infested with Rats!!! Rat Proof Chicken Feeders Local Portland Vancouver Washington? - Page 2
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Thank you all. I have had to put out a bait station. We have so many. Our girls will not roost anymore and we live in the city which our neighbors aren't very happy we have chickens to begin with. I've set electronic traps, snap traps, and locked all our food up at night in metal containers. Our coops have fresh bedding. We will see if this helps. If this doesn't help we might try elevating our coop to expose the nest under it.
I don't understand why anyone would resort to poison when it's the best front line deterrent. If used properly and not in pellet form then it's safe and should be a mainstay as much as feed and water dispensers in your run. If used from the start there is never a problem or even whisker of one.
To resort to implies it's the last line of defense. In reality it should be the first.
Since maintaining a station 7 years ago, I have not seen any signs of pest rodents.
My dog would have to eat a pile of dead rats to see any detrimental secondary effects.
Without an established colony, little chance of this ever happening.
There is an enormous amount of information out there to support my opinion that it really is not an issue, but again, this is only an opinion based on my own research.