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What eats rats whole but leave heads? and will it attack my chickens?

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I live in Scotland UK, and recently new farm tenants next door yesterday burnt their field -there were a few rats in our garden yesterday because of this as I presume they were driven out of the field.

Problem is; as we were cleaning out the duck house we found 3 1/2 dead baby rats (one's body had been ate with no remains).  There is only a small hole in the duck house which I presume where they came from.  We put traps down last night to find a single rat head in one of the traps - again no body and no remains? I'm fearful it's either a rogue rat or even worse a ferret / weasel as the latter would definitely kill my chickens (which include small bantams) for fun.  Has anyone got any opinions? Thanks.

Two dogs - Jack and Bosie, 7 chickens (Dottie,Bracken,Blaze,Amber,Lochie,Mollie and Amber) and 6 ducks (Cocoa,Paddle, Nessie, Mobey, Frazzle and Chocolate)
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Two dogs - Jack and Bosie, 7 chickens (Dottie,Bracken,Blaze,Amber,Lochie,Mollie and Amber) and 6 ducks (Cocoa,Paddle, Nessie, Mobey, Frazzle and Chocolate)
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post #2 of 6

Cats? Some cats will leave the head on mice/rats they eat. How easy is it to get into your duck house?

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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The duck house was closed up due to rats from next door - as next door are ploughing fields so we're getting a few in. There was a small hole in the bottom that baby rats cold get in - didn't even think a large rat could get into it. A cat definitely couldn't get in there - it was all shut up.

Two dogs - Jack and Bosie, 7 chickens (Dottie,Bracken,Blaze,Amber,Lochie,Mollie and Amber) and 6 ducks (Cocoa,Paddle, Nessie, Mobey, Frazzle and Chocolate)
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Two dogs - Jack and Bosie, 7 chickens (Dottie,Bracken,Blaze,Amber,Lochie,Mollie and Amber) and 6 ducks (Cocoa,Paddle, Nessie, Mobey, Frazzle and Chocolate)
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I live in Scotland UK, and recently new farm tenants next door yesterday burnt their field -there were a few rats in our garden yesterday because of this as I presume they were driven out of the field.

Problem is; as we were cleaning out the duck house we found 3 1/2 dead baby rats (one's body had been ate with no remains).  There is only a small hole in the duck house which I presume where they came from.  We put traps down last night to find a single rat head in one of the traps - again no body and no remains? I'm fearful it's either a rogue rat or even worse a ferret / weasel as the latter would definitely kill my chickens (which include small bantams) for fun.  Has anyone got any opinions? Thanks.

I'm leaning towards cat. I used to have a cat that killed rabbits, and not only would he not eat he head, he would leave them lined up on my doorstep as presents.

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Anything in the weasel family can squeeze through the most unbelievably small holes!!  And, they are some rat killing machines.

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Married 46 years. Great wife, 4 sons, 13 grandchildren! 

 

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post #6 of 6

A full grown weasel can squeeze through a space smaller than a male rat can, oddly enough.   I know a cage with 1" by 1/2" wire can hold most adult rat, but a weasel can go right through it like it's nothing.  Had a friend who had one as a pet, it used to go through the ferret cages and harass her ferrets.  Ferrets might be in the same family and larger but domestication has made them a whole lot more wimpy than a weasel.

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