It's very embarrassing, but I have a rat PROBLEM in my chicken coops. Snap traps, live traps & bucket traps have only caught under a dozen this year. I've seen a couple other dozen rats at LEAST.
I have an 8x10 coop and a 5x7 coop side by side. What would you guys do?
I tore up the 8x10 floor and am going to put 1/2 wire mesh down as well as 1 foot up the walls. Then place 2x6 boards on end on top of the mesh, and then the chickens ply floor on top of that. Do you think that will work?
I really don't want those large number of rats to still be alive and roaming around though. They must DIE , not just be blocked (til they chew in somehow again).
I'm seriously thinking about getting a ferret to roam in the coops at night. Our neighbours have cats that sometimes hang around the outside of the coop, but I'm thinking this calls for something small and vicious that can chase down rat holes. ( *rubs hands gleefully at the thought)
My chickens are getting older and I don't want to get more chicks until the rats are gone.
If I get a ferret and have to be without chickens for a while to be rid of the rats, then I guess I'll have to.