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We moved our chicks (1 week old) inside on Sunday. 2 had just disappeared. We suspect rats as the culprits. Found 1 dead in brooder this morning so down to 13 from original 16. How old do you think they would need to be before they are reasonably safe from rats?

6 goats, 4 dogs, 12 layers and 15 new chicks of a wide variety.
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6 goats, 4 dogs, 12 layers and 15 new chicks of a wide variety.
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Why not trap the rats -- and protect your chickens? 

 

There are a lot of ingenious homemade rat traps you can find how to make on the internet, in addition to the classic victor traps:

Marek's:http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mareks-disease-fact-site

BYC page:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chickats-page  

BYC blog of sorts  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/jottings-ii

 

"Was dich nicht umwirft, macht dich starker"   "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."-Friedrich Nietzsche 

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Marek's:http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mareks-disease-fact-site

BYC page:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chickats-page  

BYC blog of sorts  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/jottings-ii

 

"Was dich nicht umwirft, macht dich starker"   "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."-Friedrich Nietzsche 

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It depends on how big  the rats are.  We lost 6 week old chicks to rats last year.     I ended up locking the chicks in a dog crate at night until we could move them to the rat proof coop.  The secret to that is hardware cloth  even on the floor under the sand.  

 

I also bought a case of rat traps from Amazon.   Rats are smart and hard to trap is what I learned.  I hated to do it but I resorted to poison and that solved the problem. 

 

Best of luck to you.  I hope to never have a rat problem again so appreciate your pain.

Why did I wait so long to get chickens?
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Why did I wait so long to get chickens?
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