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post #11 of 19
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im so very sorry but rats dont get along with chicks. rats are known to kill and as awful as it sounds its very likely that your rat likely chewed their legs off. sorry to be so blunt but rats are notorious for doing that and killing chicks as well. it's so awful. on this Website I've seen several photos of the chicks who did survive the rat attacks and usually one or both legs are missing from being chewed off by rats. may I ask? is this a pet rat?? or?? a wild one? we had a HUGE problem this winter with rats. we got most and my dog got the rest ( I hope) mine were wild not pets. if your rat is a pet, does it run loose or did it escape from its enclosure? it's VERY important to keep your rat away from your chicks. it's in their nature to get them. I really hope you find your chicks alive and well but I must be honnest, with a rat on the loose it's more likely that the rat drug them somewhere in your house to do what rats do with chicks.. perhaps put wire on the top of the brooder to keep the remaining chicks safe. I'm really sorry this happened. it's so awful! I wish you the best. it should be alright in the future as long as you keep the rat away.
Thank you for the info. The babies are unfounded still but we found the rat that is a pet and very sweet alive no blood on his face or on him. He has escaped before while chicks and he didn't kill them. He was hungry when we found him.
post #12 of 19
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If this is a pet rat and kept well-fed, there is a chance that the chicks are just lost. Maybe rat joined them in the brooder and scared the crap out of them, causing them to jump out? If a feeder rat...possibly iffy.
Yes he is very well fed and is a pet we found him finally and he had no blood on his face or around him and was hungry. Sometimes they get out to try and breed the girl rats.
post #13 of 19
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I am so confused what happened!
post #14 of 19
can the chicks fly yet? someone lost a chick on the forum and later found him just fine in some clothing nesting.so maybe by chance it got scared and flew and it's nested somewhere near by? let us know if you found them. they could be hiding maybe??
post #15 of 19
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can the chicks fly yet? someone lost a chick on the forum and later found him just fine in some clothing nesting.so maybe by chance it got scared and flew and it's nested somewhere near by? let us know if you found them. they could be hiding maybe??
Yes they can sort of fly. We looked everywhere for them. I'm hoping they are just really good hiders and we will find them alive!
post #16 of 19
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We just found them☹️ They were dead behind a garbage can.
post #17 of 19
sad.png So sorry.
post #18 of 19
so very very sorry! I think it will really help if you make a little wire brooder cover. it will keep them from flying out and keep other things out of the brooder. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
post #19 of 19
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so very very sorry! I think it will really help if you make a little wire brooder cover. it will keep them from flying out and keep other things out of the brooder. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Yes I have some left over from my Canadian geese and ducklings. I also am going to move them into a totally different spot. I had to put them in a different place than usual because I had a sick goat that we brought in the house and I didn't want to leave my chicks or my goat so I put them in the same room
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